Have you become worn out or disillusioned working for God? Sometimes we need an attitude shift. When we work for God, we make mistakes in “His name.” We bruise people, become resentful, proud, or burned out. We may even hurt His kingdom instead of building it.
Moses thought he was working for God when he murdered an Egyptian taskmaster. Saul of Tarsus thought he was working for God when he threw Christians into prison. The Pharisees and religious leaders believed working for God put them a notch above everybody else (Luke 18:11).
A Better Way
What’s better than working for Jesus? Working with Jesus.
Those who work for God ask Him to bless their ideas. Those who work with God join Him in His plan. They look to Him for guidance and strength. He leads; they follow.
- Moses learned to rely on God. “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15 ESV).
- Saul of Tarsus was transformed into the Apostle Paul who said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 ESV).
- Jesus who said, “No longer do I call you servants, …but I have called you friends” (John 15:15 ESV) also said “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 ESV).
I used to put standards on myself and beat myself up when I failed to meet these expectations. I’m learning my job is to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading. Trusting Jesus to lead takes effort. But faith is the work that pleases God.
When we serve God by working with Him, He gets the glory. His plan, through His power, in His time, builds His kingdom.When we serve God by working with Him, He gets the glory. His plan, through His power, in His time, builds His kingdom. Click To Tweet
Four Ways of Working with God
- Ask God to show you if and where you’ve substituted self-effort for faith.
- Admit your inadequacy and surrender your will, your way, and your time table to Him.
- Ask God to fill you with His Spirit and to teach you how to rely on Him in every area of your life—not just in ministry/spiritual areas. If you are trusting Him in every area but one, you’re still striving.
- Thank Him for leading you.
When have you experienced the difference between working for and working with God?
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