Are you working for God or are you working with God?

Missionaries and Ministers tend to spend a good deal of time focusing on others. Our time and energies are used in meeting the needs of the poor, fulfilling the duties of the church…children’s home…soup kitchen…fill in the blank. We visit the sick, console the hurting, counsel the confused, and guide the lost. We prepare and preach sermons, evangelize the lost, organize training seminars, and lead worship. We scrub toilets, wash dishes, cut grass, plant trees, dig wells and paint walls. We build buildings, organize fundraisers, write grants and balance budgets. We pray, study the scripture, journal, blog and further our schooling. And we jump, anytime there is an emergency or when someone else needs us. 
We are often the first to volunteer, among the first to arrive at church and among the last to leave. We respond to hateful emails, judgmental phone calls and angry individuals. Although our desire is to love others, often we hurt them unintentionally. And while we are doing all these things, time martches on, our families rarely see us, our marriages suffer and many times our kids are overlooked. In the name of faithfulness and devotion to God we exhaust ourselves for the “ministry”.
On rare occasion we slow down enough to hear the still small voice of The Lord calling us to another pace. Pleading with us not to neglect those dearest to us for the sake of “working” for Him or meeting others’ expectations. He assures us that nurturing our children is of utmost importance and sewing into our marriage is just as important as counseling another’s marriage. And we begin to understand that there is a difference between working for God and working with God. 
Have you made that distinction?

3 thoughts on “Are you working for God or are you working with God?

  1. Lucinda says:

    Excellent differentiation between the two conditions!

  2. betty garnett says:

    Being a PK (Preacher’s Kid), I completely get it and empathize…

  3. Balancing while advancing His Kingdom is mixed with fretful emotions. As a recovering co-dependent Christian I still juggle between working out my salvation and being still and accepting that His grace is my sufficiency. I am blessed and encouraged by your transparent sharing. Lord Jesus, I lift up the Dutro family and ask that You pour peace into their hearts and satisfy their every need. Amen

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