Doing Stuff for God

By | June 30, 2009

I was just thinking about how a lot of people and ministries talk about what they’re doing for God. If things, often financially, they’ll talk about how we just need faith that God will provide. Sounds good doesn’t it? The problem is that God often doesn’t provide the way we think he should. So does God not provide? Is he not real? Or is he unable? I think we’re looking at things all wrong.

I think the truth of the matter is that God doesn’t really care about what we’re doing for him. He may appreciate our intentions, but we’re missing the boat. What God is interested in is us getting on board with what he is doing. God has plans and purposes which are much bigger than each of us. He wants us to help him accomplish his plans, in his way. Imagine that you are the foreman of a construction project. What would you think if your workers came to you and expected praise for telling you things like “I just spent the past couple of hours talking to some one about this construction process,” or “I’ve been spending time studying and thinking about what we are constructing” or “I wrote this (bad) poetry about our project.” (Some christians produce poor quality art and expect it to be accepted just because it’s about Jesus.) If you were the manager of the construction project, how would you feel about that? Those things aren’t bad, and have their time and place, but if everyone is off doing their own thing—no matter how good it is—how well would we expect the overall project to go? Not well at all! It would be maddening for the overseer.

I don’t believe that God is nearly so interested in us maintaining our lifestyle and plans as we are. So if God seems like he’s not helping you out, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you. It may just be that God is up to something much bigger. Let us get closer to God, and get to know him and his heart. Then we can know what he is up to. Then we can join with him and be a part of what he is doing. I for one want to strive to never do anything for God again.

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  • tommy

    totally agree

    and i would also say that it is not because an action done “for God” seems to be working that God is actually blessing it…. there’s plenty of successful business out there, you don’t need God to have success, you just need to be a good manager

    modern church functions like a business … and yes sometimes we get the illusion that it works

    catholic inquisition was working too… and muslim kamikazes do what they do to serve God…

    it is not because we do something to serve God that God is glorified…

    John 16:2 “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.”

    Luke 17:10 “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”