Have you ever asked yourself something? Have you ever truly asked yourself, “What if I never gain anything material on earth for loving God, would I still love Him?” Tough question to ask right? I mean some people might even accuse you of walking in unbelief for just entertaining the thought that you won’t get anything from God. But just think about it. Can you do what Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego did? Nebuchadnezzer threatened to burn them in a furnace if they didn’t bow down to his image. They refused, but also declared:
“If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. BUT EVEN IF HE DOESN’T, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.” Daniel 3:17-18 [MSG].
That’s a shocking thing to say to a powerful king, but also very remarkable. Amongst everything else, what this statement shows me is that these guys weren’t serving God for gain; they were in this covenant for the long hurl, with no strings attached. Wow! Isn’t that how it should be? Isn’t that how God’s relationship was with Adam?
Even in human terms, how weird would it be if your boyfriend or girlfriend based their relationship with you based on what they could get; always asking for money, cars or gifts but never being interested in just spending some quality time with you. Yes, that would be very annoying. Isn’t that what we do to God our Father? When He comes in the cool of the evening just to commune with His lover, all He gets is more demands: Lord do this or that for me.
We’ve based this life of God on gains presuming that if I don’t have a big house or car then I must not have a relationship with God, then you end up chasing those things instead of the lover of your soul. Shedrach, Meshach and Abednego weren’t loyal to God for a fat reward, they were loyal to God, period!
Maybe you should take some time out to think about that and assess your relationship with God. He’ll always love you irrespective of how you behave or what you offer Him, maybe you should do the same.