I didn’t really know what was going on, but the one thing I do remember is when the leader asked me to pray. I froze.
When I was in college, I went to church every Sunday, faithfully, until I got burned out. I was an usher, drummer, DJ (yes, a church DJ), on the church basketball team, and more. I was doing so much because I believed that the more work I did for God, the better Christian I was.
I was the first one there and one of the last to leave, but then one day I just didn't show up. Some weeks later I saw a guy that went to the same church and he asked me why I stopped coming, and I said "It's too much work.", and walked away.
I believed that going to church and giving money is what made me a Christian. I believed that being nice to people and doing good deeds was the only way that could keep my Christianity, But I was way off.
Sometimes we make the mistake of believing that the good deeds we do, count toward us working FOR God, as if we could pay Him back. We sometimes think that we are in a ‘Boss/Employee’ relationship with God, but that’s not true.
The truth is that we work WITH God. We are given the privilege to work side-by-side WITH God. 1st Corinthians 3:9 tells us “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. (New American Standard Bible)
I think that one important mindset we must have is that we are working WITH God, not FOR God. Here’s why.
Why We shouldn’t work "FOR" God
When we think that we work FOR God, we really don’t find joy in what we are doing. We tend to think that if we don’t do things just right, then God will be mad at us (totally not true). I thought that If I didn't do enough God, then He wouldn't love me.
Lastly, when we have this mindset, we often do the bare minimum, then move on. We do just enough good so that we can tell ourselves that we are good Christians. All of this is WRONG
Working WITH God
The truth is that we work WITH God, alongside Him. When we have this perspective we truly enjoy our relationship with God, and the work we do with Him.
We also begin to value the time that we are able to spend with God, and not avoid Him like that one manager you avoid because you think they have it out for you. (You know what I’m talking about)
Finally, when we realize that we are working WITH God, we have a greater sense of pride in what we are doing. We work with more satisfaction, knowing that God is pleased with us and what we are doing.
I want to encourage you to know that God loves you, and wants to work WITH you. He doesn’t need employees; He wants you to be His partner, helping him build His kingdom.
Donte Allen is a Husband, Father, and Content creator, on a journey to become a full-time writer. He aspires to encourage and engage Christian families with practical wisdom.
Sometimes we have moments in our lives where we claim to live up to a certain standard, but for whatever reason we aren’t.
That’s why I believe it’s important that we have a few close people in our lives that we trust, that will tell us the truth, and correct us in love when we’re wrong. Not to shame us, but to help us.