I love the parent-child analogy to illustrate my relationship with God. It is such a fabulous way to show how we should behave toward God. Calvin Miller uses the parent-child analogy to illustrate the difference between obedience and worship:
"When my son was a boy, I used to say to him, "Son, take out the trash!" And he did! That's how we show our love and respect - by being obedient." But suppose at my command he had replied "Oh, Dad, you are so beautiful and resplendent, I want to just sit here and contemplate your wisdom and power."
As a mother, I would in the heat of the moment flip if my kids reacted like the boy in the example. Yet, how often do I worship God instead of obey Him? Worship is fun; it is so easy to sing songs during a church service. Obedience is much harder and sometimes not fun. I have to take the time and make the effort to listen to God, then I have to do what He tells me.
This post is inspired by the book Into the Depths of God by Calvin Miller.