God Wants Full Custody

custody556ea6When I came across this image last week, I smiled at the clever caption…but I also felt sad that people would even need this reminder.

I think we all do. It’s easy to assign a certain position or role to God (whether we do it consciously or not) and then only think of Him or consult Him when a need comes up for which that role becomes relevant. Some people treat God like a butler and only ask Him to do things for them or fulfill their wishes. Others treat Him like a doctor, going to Him only when they are in pain or need help. Some people think of God as an acquaintance, someone they talk to at random times or when nothing of higher priority has their attention.

Many people treat God like an estranged parent — the relationship looks good on paper but is dysfunctional in practice. They only see God on weekends (or every other weekend… or only on holidays!) when they go to church and are disconnected from Him throughout the rest of the week. That’s not enough for God. He wants full custody. He wants to be part of our lives every day and to be included in all our activities, decisions and goals. He wants us to talk to Him and He wants to talk to us. We can’t call Him Lord and then relegate Him to the status of a servant or distant relative.

Jesus asked His disciples: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46) Would He ask that same question to you and me? I encourage you to take a few minutes to read James 4:1-8, which gives us another great reminder of the importance of fully submitting ourselves to God.

 

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