Duty versus Devotion

Have you ever done something out of duty? Did you notice how you were motivated in the beginning but after a while you were left feeling hollow and maybe even filled with some resentment?

I can imagine Martha from the bible was left feeling like this too. Martha’s duty was to serve, clean & cook & was merely fulfilling the role of what was expected of her.

Perhaps she even asked herself the question, “If I don’t do this, who else will?”

Maybe if Martha felt she had an alternative she would have sat at the feet of Jesus, just like her sister did or maybe it was the pressure to conform that prevented her.

Either way, I wonder how many things we do in our own lives, out of duty or simply because it is expected of us?

Perhaps there are things in your own life that you are merely doing out of duty? Maybe you think you should continue with these acts of duty in order to gain God’s approval?

Well, I want to encourage you with this reminder, “There is nothing you or I can do that will ever earn God’s love”.

God’s love for you is completely free and is never based on what you do or don’t do. If we had to do something to win God’s affection, our devotion would merely become our duty.

When we are forced into doing something we don’t want to do we lose our freedom of choice and consequently we lose our peace & joy.

A relationship with Jesus is based on free will & God wants you to come willingly & get to know Him intimately. Only then are we able to serve God & one another with a heart of devotion.

Duty creates an overwhelming sense of resentment bound by forced commitment but a heart of devotion will always bring about a sense of peace, fulfillment and contentment.




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  1. I’ve struggled to find this balance between duty and devotion and it’s beautiful when you find that sweet spot where you’re serving out of a place of reverence and joy, fully knowing that your identity is not in what you do but in who you are. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Truthfully, I think it’s about spiritual maturity and growing in your walk with God. When I was 6, my mom MADE me do my homework. Now that I’m an adult, trust me, no one makes me do homework, not even professors. So, why do I do it? Because I want to pass my classes and do well. Because I’m more mature than when I was 6.

    I think it’s the same thing in our walk with God. When you’re a baby Christian you do things because you feel you SHOULD. But then you grow a bit, and duty matures to devotion.

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  3. Your words are very true. God does give us a choice. And it’s always best to follow the ONLY true God. There is no other. Long before pagan beliefs, Adam and Eve knew the truth. Unfortunately, too many of us are lost but others do find the right path. Also, I enjoyed reading the Bible quote. And you mentioned about accents. I’ve noticed that those in the UK do have a different sound. As you probably know, we here in America also have accents. Please come back more often. Take care.

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    1. Amen! Thank you so much for reading & commenting!
      Yes, I can definitely distinguish the different American accents. My accent, I think, is slightly common so I do try to ‘poshen’ it up a bit. When I’m with family & friends its very broad and you probably wouldn’t be able to understand a word I say. Haha! 😂
      Blessings, Hayley 😊


  4. Interesting, just posted on my blog how a group (I honestly don’t know which church they belonged to) essentially tried to get someone to join them by shaming that person. Or trying to. Then I saw your post. Couldn’t agree more. It’s all about free will. I just wish that some of these so-called Christians would get it. I’m sure God is trying to get the message through to them, but they’re so set on their ideas the message just can’t get through.

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    1. Hi there, thank you so much for reading & commenting. You’re right, it is all about free will & it makes my heart so sad to hear that these people are being shamed when Jesus died to take our shame. All we can do is pray & keep speaking the truth.
      Blessings, Hayley 😊


  5. First of all I have spent the last hour reading through your site… stumbled across it from a comment you made on another post I was reading and I am so glad that I did! I love what I am reading. So encouraging and relatable! I am new to the blog world but I have big plans 🙂 (thank you for the follow – I just saw that!!)
    Secondly, your song is absolutely beautiful; the words, your voice and the piano (I guess your husband is playing?). I pray that your ministry continues to grow through your worship music!
    And lastly, this post specifically is something I have to intentionally focus on . I have learned to find joy in the mundane and to be thankful because I am so very blessed. I have learned for a wise friend of mine to pray over each member as you’re doing those chores (a child’s laundry, or dishes or vacuuming their rooms, etc) and they sure go by fast and with much more purpose. That’s finding the joy!

    Thank you for your dedication and encouragement! I am looking forward to learning a lot from you!

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    1. Wow! What a lovely comment, thank you for taking the time to read and encourage. 😊

      Its me who plays piano and my husband, Jon who plays guitar.
      We both appreciate your prayers so very much!

      I really like how you pray over each member of the family as you do your chores, such a great idea that I will definitely do from now on.

      I’m so happy to meet you on here and I look forward to reading your posts as we encourage and edify one another in the Lord.

      Love and blessings,
      Hayley 😊💕

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  6. I really loved this post! Thank you so much for sharing this post. I think we see this in so many facets of life – business, family, marriage, personal relationship. This issue is especially glaring in the way children deal with the care of their elderly and infirm parents. So many care for them with the devotion of a child that loves and appreciates the blessing that their parents were to them while others approach it as a duty that is a requirement in order to be considered “A Good Child”.

    Loved your use of Mary and Martha. Maybe Martha should have left the cleanup until after Jesus left???

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    1. Many thanks for your comment, Chuck and also for taking the time to read. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      I like the analogy you made about elderly parents and their children, that’s certainly very true!
      Blessings, Hayley 😊


  7. This is such a great post, Jon, and Hayley. I liked when you said, “Duty creates an overwhelming sense of resentment bound by forced commitment but a heart of devotion will always bring about a sense of peace, fulfillment and contentment.”

    When we do anything out of necessity or out of duty, it doesn’t give us the same joy that we had in the beginning. If we want to serve God, we shouldn’t do it out of duty but out of the love that we have for Him and the knowing sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

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