I bet you have never thought of the Almighty God as your “houseboy”! The mere thought of this is sickening and sacrilegious to say the least. We will all agree though that God is our helper and there are many beautiful songs in which we acknowledge and thank God for being our ‘helper in time of need’. So what is it that causes us to cringe when I equate God to a house help? The image of a house help is not exactly one of an almighty all powerful helper whom we honor and worship but rather a picture of a near second class citizen who we control with the aim of using to satisfy our needs. The house help is not exactly a friend or family member whose company we cherish, definitely not someone we serve but more like someone we tolerate because they are needed to do all the menial tasks for us. Many times, we treat God like a house help whom we are barely tolerating because we need him to do all our chores for us. He does those things that no one else will do for us. Somehow we know deep in our spirit that no matter how badly we treat God, if we are in trouble and call him, he will come. So what do we do? We ignore him for the most part until a need arises that only He can handle. We command him; fix me this, give me that! You better show up when I call and do so fast! We won’t let him rest from our endless list of demands.
We pay the house help minimum wage, the least we can pay them and get away with, kinda like the $2 bill or coins we throw in the offering bowl. If the house help asks for more money it is sacrilege, it’s time to get a different house help because this one is greedy. Yes we will leave that church because how dare they ask me to give a tithe or ask for offerings above and beyond the tithe? Doesn’t God know that the $2 are sufficient for his false prophet of a pastor? The minimum wage is sufficient for the house help because they only live with the bare necessities and no luxuries. The house of God is fine with the basics, the pastor should be content driving an old car that can barely get him to church because a Mercedes means that he is wasting money which could be put to better use. After all there are many poor and suffering people out in the parish who could use that extra money instead of the man of God. I recall that Jesus rebuked Judas when he pretended to care more about the poor in John 12:4-5 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. How many times have you caught yourself talking like Judas the betrayer?
You see the house help is treated like they have no emotions, just do as I tell you and shut up. No time spent getting to really know the house help and the things that matter to them. Pleasing them is the last thing we think of, they are pretty much a second class being. While you are in this house you are only here to work for me, do not correct me on anything, see nothing, say nothing! If I curse at my family members, if I cheat on my wife, steal from the neighbors, I don’t need your opinion! Likewise, God is only allowed to come into our homes only to give us miracles, he must answer our prayers exactly as we requested otherwise he is not considered worthy of our worship. We get angry and blame God for all the things going wrong in the world. We will not obey or worship God because if he was a good house help he would have done as we asked! Oops did I really call God a house help? That must surely be blasphemous! Well that is exactly how we treat our Lord and savior many times. I for one have been guilty of that.
Time to stop and think about how we treat the God who gives us everything we have, the God who has all power, the one who can stop our sorry lives any minute if it wasn’t for his grace and mercy. My friends, God loves you and I and He wants to do more than just follow our orders, he wants a relationship with you and I. While he is the ultimate Helper, he is not our houseboy!
Think for a minute next time you need God to answer your prayer whether you have given any love to your maker lately. What seeds of prayer, fasting, tithing, offerings, relationship, obedience have you sown for that miracle you are seeking? Next time you want God’s best, have you given him your best?