When my wife calls, I answer. There are plenty of reasons – not the least of which is that I almost always feel better after talking to her than I did before.
When God calls, I answer, too, but for different reasons. I answer God because I’ve chosen to serve him. He’s my master, and answering your master’s call is what servanthood is all about.
That definition implies something else, too: whether you like/admit it or not, you serve whatever or whoever you drop everything to follow. Moreover, doing so at the expense of your relationship with God, your pursuit of His will, or the responsibilities He’s laid on you (socially, financially, spiritually, or otherwise), may be a sign of addiction and serious pain in your future.
If your home team’s on television, do you forsake responsibilities, familial obligations, or prior commitments to watch them play? If you spot a killer sale in the Sunday paper, are you in line at the cash register before you even think about your bank balance? Will the sight of an attractive man or woman make you forget or, even worse, regret the promises you made your spouse? What would you do to “get ahead” in your career? Miss meals at home with your family? Cheat your friends? These examples all mean the same thing: that you answer the call of a master other than God.
If you feel out of sync with God, it may be you’ve just been ignoring his calls for too long, and answering someone else’s. Figure out who’s on the other line. If it’s not your Creator… hang up.
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).” (Matthew 6:24)