Doing God’s Work or Working For God

by Ray Reuter on June 27, 2013

Doing God's Work

There is an important distinction to be made between doing God’s work – what He wants, and working for God – doing what I want for Him. Doing what I think and believe God wants me to do for Him keeps the focus on me – that desire for control again. It feels good, right, holy, and justifiable – but I am not truly focused on God. It is that “God Only” vs. “God And” thing. Through the process of discernment, I must ferret out what God wants me to do for Him, putting my agenda aside.

It reminds me of Christmas when I was a small boy. The question was often asked by my parents / family, “What do you want for Christmas?” One response could have been, “Whatever you want to give me is good enough for me. I trust in you and will love and accept whatever gifts you choose for me.” Yeah, right – not quite my comeback.

My response was more like, “Here is the JC Penney Christmas catalog and I have marked the pages and circled the items that I want and will make me happy. Here’s my list. Thanks for asking.”

So that distinction faces us every day in our work and in our lives. Is our prayer about trusting God’s desire and plan for me each day (Doing God’s Work), or about telling God my plans for the day – please bless them! (Working For God)? The challenge is to have the discipline and faith to not attempt to tell God what will make me happy, but wait to find out what God (i.e., like “Santa”) has been hoping in me and trust that what He gives me will bring happiness.

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Randy Schroeder August 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

Ray, this article is spot on for me at this very moment. A couple of weeks ago a MMFC Brother helped me see: I’m pushing, I’m a hammer (every situation is a nail), I’ve placed myself between God and the situation – I’m working for God. I knew it wasn’t right, but I unwittingly got struck in a do loop of my design. This article helps see and pray. Tks!


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