Are You Doing Too Much for God?
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
Disappointed, disgruntled, frustrated. I was trying to write my Daily Inspiration, proud of myself for making it a priority and being focused amid my usual flurry of activity, and getting nowhere. Write. Delete. Write. Delete. Nothing accomplished. I went to the kitchen sink and started dealing with the mountain of pasta I had cooked for the paralyzed dogs, frustration increasing. I am not a cook. What a mess. What’s going on with me? The Lord tugged on my heart. I wasn’t trusting Him. I was trying to write in my own strength – again. But I knew there was more to it. Still frustrated, I took some of the dogs outside. That’s when He spoke to me.
“I want to please you!” I cried to God in my heart. How desperately I want to please Him in my relentless passion for Him. “You’re not going to please me by how much you do,” He spoke gently in my spirit. “But in listening and obeying me.” Wow. The reminder I needed, and the one so many of us need. For while some of us are doing too little, or nothing, for God, some of us are doing too much. How so?
The world teaches us the more, the better. Quantity is king. The more I accomplish, the better. Some of us carry this worldly mentality into God’s Kingdom. The more we do for God, the better. The problem? God wants our hearts and lives, our love and service, but He wants us to seek HIS will and HIS timing. He wants us to seek Him, to LISTEN and OBEY. It’s not about quantity and accomplishments, but about love and obedience. No matter how “good” our serving may seem, if it’s not His will, it’s disobedience and not honoring to God.
Are you doing too much for God? When was the last time you sought His face, spent time in His Word, waited for His voice, listened and obeyed? Seeking is not enough. We need to seek, listen, and obey, no matter how much or how little He calls us to do.