The Why Behind the What

thWant to know the greatest lesson I’ve ever learned in ministry work?

Never exchange “who” you are in God for “what” you do for God.

In other words, don’t confuse your religious activity with a healthy relationship with God.

Over the past 19 years I’ve served in tons of ministry areas, and I’ve experienced how easy it is to get wrapped up in the details of accomplishing a task, rather than remembering the reason I started serving in the first place.  I quickly learned that titles, recognition, and status mean absolutely nothing.  The only thing that matters is integrity before God.

So, let me pass a warning to my fellow Believers: Don’t ever allow your identity to get wrapped up in what you do – that you’re the leader….that you run a ministry…..that you serve in this capacity or that….don’t believe the lie that since you serve the church that God is pleased with you.  Serving certainly pleases God, but what He truly wants is your heart…your devotion….your love….your obedience.

Remember what Samuel told King Saul?

1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

At some point, maybe at many points, we will all be tempted to exchange our service to the church for our relationship with God.  It’s so very subtle: We’re busy doing very good, very Godly work, and we’re surrounded by Christian stuff.  So, be alert to the temptation!  It’s critical that we all be alert!  We can quickly…very quickly….get off track and leave God behind while we chase all of our “good works.”

So, what’s my challenge for today: Ask ourselves WHY we do WHAT we do?  Are we serving because of expectation or passion?  Return to your first Love, my friends.  There’s nothing better.



2 thoughts on “The Why Behind the What

  1. I love the message! I wonder if our work can be classified as “good work” if we don’t remember the “why before the what”. If we don’t remember then is our work guided by the Holy Spirit? If it’s not guided by the Holy Spirit, can it be considered “good work” or just “busy work” that we do that we believe to be good as we are serving ourselves rather then our God. Food for thought…:-) Also, I think that it helps to remember the Who that gave us our leadership position; the Lord gives and the Lord can take…


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