As Christians, we can get really off track when we think that our relationship with God consists of only following a bunch of rules.
When we think we are doing an excellent job of following "the rules" we start asking "What are you doing for me, God?" instead of asking, “What can I do for You, Lord?”
The problem lies in the fact that we forget that our lives are not our own. We forget that we were bought with a price (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The prophet Jeremiah understood this clearly when he prayed, “I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).
We are designed for a purpose. We are not free agents to do as we please, disregarding what our Master wants from us. We must pay a personal price, too. Yes, He came to give us abundant life but that does not mean He is in our life to grant wishes.
Our job is to recognize that He is in control, not us, and willingly submit ourselves to God’s will and His timing and live according to His purpose.