Pastor’s Pen: Waiting on God
By Layton Dutton
Associate Pastor of Youth
Calvary Baptist Church
As a waiter you have one main purpose, to serve the customer. If you serve them in the right way then you will normally receive some monetary compensation for your efforts.
When I was working as a waiter there were times the owner himself would come in and want to be served a meal. At those times I ramped up my service. I would smile a little brighter. I would be a little more pleasant. I would deliver the food a little bit faster. This was the boss and I wanted to please him even more than most.
One thing I never did as a waiter, however, is to tell the boss to serve me. I never said, “Hey, why don’t I sit here at the table while you go in the back and fix me something to eat. I’ve been working hard today. I think it’s your turn to serve me.” That would be crazy! Yet, many times, that’s exactly what we do with God.
We look for God to serve us. We expect Him to bring us exactly what we order and nothing less. Then we get angry with Him when He doesn’t deliver the way we expected. We threaten to take away His tip – going to church, reading the Bible, praying, ministry, etc – if He doesn’t deliver the way we want. How foolish of us!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says this, “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
I don’t own God; God owns me. I am not alive so He can serve me, but so I can serve Him. When I serve God it isn’t a like a tip for a waiter, it’s like delivering dinner to the owner. It’s serving the one who controls whether or not I have a job. God is the One who gives me life and allows me be on this earth. I need to serve Him.
And if I want something then, like a boss, He isn’t entitled to give it me. He may bless me with what I desire or He may, being the Owner and the One who knows what is best for His place of business, decide to give me something else or nothing at this point. It’s up to Him. He is God and I am His servant.
How are you treating God – as your waiter or as your owner?