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.