Is God more like our Lord or our landlord?

When I went to college I rented an apartment with a We paid our rent every month to our landlord. She provided our shelter and we paid for the privilege of living in her apartment. When something needed fixing, we called  the landlord and she came, or sent someone, to fix what was broken.

Is our relationship with God like a landlord/renter sometimes? My relationship with God was like that for years. I didn’t pay God much attention. Oh, I sang in the church choir and I volunteered here and there. When I needed something or my life got messed up, I’d go to God and ask Him to fix whatever was broken. I had a real entitlement mindset.

I was singing for His glory and giving a few dollars here and there. I volunteered and helped people out when I could.

“It’s me, I’m being good here, God. I’m doing what I think I should. I pray and behave. I’m paying my rent here. And I’ve got these problems I need you to fix for me.”

It wasn’t until August, 2000 that God began showing me what He wanted our relationship to be. God wanted to be my Lord, not my landlord. He showed me how much He loved me and things He wanted to do for me as my Lord.

If I’d let Him.

He’s still showing me. He’s still loving me. He’s teaching me His ways and showing me His paths.  And today I’m so grateful that I don’t rent from God anymore.

About Steve Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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4 Responses to Is God more like our Lord or our landlord?

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Yes, Evelyn. For sure! My God is REAL and I can feel HIM in my soul. Amen and amen. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you, my friend.

  1. Love it brother and I just want to confirm in the spirit how right you are. I just did an article similar and can see a pattern with the Lord’s people who are realizing that it IS relationship, an intimate relationship, not something you have with your “landlord” or someone you expect something from for giving them something! Great exhortation!! God bless!

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Thank you, Pastor Roland. I’m looking forward to reading your article. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. They are what keeps me going. God bless.

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