10 November 2015
"We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him without knowing Him." – Oswald Chambers
We all know it is not our actions but our faith that justifies (Rom 5:1, Gal 2:16, Eph 2:8-9). So why is it so hard for us to live like we actually believe that to be true? Ultimately, and obviously because we are sinful – and we constantly desire to justify, prove, and save ourselves. Give us something to do, and we will work. Tell us that we can do nothing because we were DEAD when GOD made us ALIVE IN CHRIST (Eph 2:1-5), and we can go on striving in vain to justify ourselves, OR we can respond in faith and obedience.
But for the Christian servant leader who truly knows and believes all of this, why do we still struggle to live in light, and to serve in response the truth of Ephesians 2? Because there is a streak of Martha in us all (Lk 10:40) we would much rather work for God than sit at His feet (Lk 10:39). We can distract ourselves from knowing and being known by God with ‘much serving,’ – as if He can’t see through the guise of every meal preparation (or ministry team sign up… or GC attended… Or prayer meeting led… Or service frequented…).
God does not need your work.
What He desires of you is to ‘…walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8). Our people do not need our ‘work for God,’ they need us to be walking with Him. That is servant leadership – walk, not work.
Do not work for God, walk with God.