Let’s talk about bosses.
Here are three things I know about the typical boss/employee relationship.
- It’s a pay for performance thing. You are not on the payroll because you are nice; you get paid for services rendered.
- It’s a transactional relationship. You do this – you get that. And the only reason you’re willing to do that is because you’re getting paid.
- When you’re usefulness ends, the relationship ends. It’s sometimes called downsizing, or rightsizing or a change in direction, but the relationship is temporary.
Sometimes, we like our boss. But for most people, it’s an authority relationship we tolerate because of what we get.
But too many of us view God as our BOSS.
- We think we get rewarded for performance. Go to church, give some money, say your prayers…all of these things will keep God on our good side. If we do more good than bad, God will reward and not punish us.
- We try to keep it transactional with prayers like, “God…if you’ll help me here…I promise to…” We do stuff for God…He does stuff for us.
- We like God when He is useful to us, but tend to ignore Him when we’ve got better things to do.
This is dangerous thinking.
Instead of viewing God as our BOSS, we should view Him as our FATHER. That’s a different take on authority, isn’t it?
God is our perfect, loving, heavenly father. A father who loves us because we are his children, not because of our performance. It is a relationship rooted in love, not in transaction. It is a relationship that’s eternal, not temporary.
God doesn’t want to just be your boss. He wants to be your Father.
I just released a book called No Matter What: Ten Lessons from a Father. I wrote this book for my three kids, but figured other people would want to read the lessons I’m trying to teach them.
The title of the book comes from something I say to my kids as I put them to bed each night. “I will always love you no matter what.” My middle child (she’s 9 years old) usually follows with various “what if” scenarios. Even if I spill chocolate milk in your truck? Even if I tell a lie? Even if I don’t follow God…I mean, I will, but even if I don’t?
I am not Emma’s boss and I don’t love her because she acts right. I am Emma’s Father and I love her because she is my daughter.
In the first chapter of the book, I remind my kids they have TWO fathers who will always love them no matter what. God is our perfect Heavenly father, and He loves us no matter what.
I’ve worked all of this into a 30-minute sermon, and I’d love to deliver it at your church.
In the message, I unpack this Biblical metaphor and name for God, work in the Ten Commandments, and talk about the theology of adoption. It’s a hope-filled message that lays out the gospel. It’s brand new content, significantly shaped by my journey over the last few years.
I’m available to talk about other things, but I’m hoping to fill up my calendar with opportunities to talk about this message. Maybe you need a fill in or a day off. Maybe you want to do something special.
If you book now, I can get you copies of the my book right at cost. You can give them as gifts or sell them at retail and cover costs. It’s definitely not required, but if you’re interested, I’ll work it out for you.
Visit my speaking page or just send an email to mljr at me dot com and we can talk.