Have you ever done something out of duty?
Did you notice how you were motivated to start with but after a while it left you feeling hollow and filled with resentment?
I’m sure that Martha, in the bible, was left feeling like this too.
When Martha was serving her guests she was merely fulfilling her role and duty of what was expected of a woman in her day and age.
The woman’s duty was to serve, cook, clean and be generally hospitable and welcoming.
Martha was only doing what she thought was right and was only fulfilling what she thought was expected of her.
In Martha’s mind, this was her duty and the job must be done. If she didn’t do the serving, who else would?
Maybe if Martha thought that she had an alternative, she would have sat at the feet of Jesus like her sister. Perhaps she felt the pressure to conform.
I wonder how many times in our own lives we have felt the same. I know I have.
There are some things we do in life simply because it is expected of us and this then turns into and becomes our duty.
I wonder how often people attend church out of a sense of duty?
Maybe they think they should go because God wants them to or because they feel like they have to earn God’s approval.
Well, allow me say this, God loves us no matter what.
There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love.
It is completely free and is never based on what we do or what we don’t do.
Grace means unmerited favour and God pours out His blessings on us even though we don’t deserve it.
If we have to do something to please God for Him to love us then our devotion would just become our duty.
God understands that when we are forced into something we lose our freedom of choice and consequently we lose our enjoyment.
God doesn’t want to put pressure on you to get to know Him and He doesn’t want you forced into a corner to praise and worship Him either.
God wants you to come to Him, get to know Him and worship Him through choice and out of a heart of devotion.
A sense of duty can bring on overwhelming feelings of resentment bound by forced commitment.
A heart of devotion, however, will always bring about a sense of peace, fulfillment and contentment.