Some of us spend our lives basing our relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta alaa like the relationship of an ’employee and employer’ in the sense that the employee knocks on the door of his employer end of the week or month asking for his salary. If i dont get paid, i won’t work etc. But those on the Path to Purification have their relationship with their creator like that of a ‘Slave & Master’. The slave works and obeys his Master whether he gets paid or not, his only concern is the pleasure of his Master whereas the employees concern is his salary or reward for his work.
(Shaykh Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Husayni)