If you read my blog your first answer would be for God. But what does it mean to work for God?
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” Colossians 3:23
The Bible is filled with similar verses, but what does it mean exactly? Give your first fruits to church? Sacrifice your life for God? Give your all? Impress God?
Do you think that Jeff Bezos impresses God? Today, June 14, 2020 his net worth is $152.9 billion dollars. It is sure impressive … for earthly measures. Do you think that God cares about how many stocks Jeff owns? And if you did not know rich people don’t have money, they have investments. So, you think Jeff’s fortune and achievements impress God, the creator of the universe?
How about Zig Ziglar? Few knew that Mr. Ziglar’s true Goal was not to inspire and motivate, but to save souls for the Kingdom. How about Rev. Billy Graham?
You: “So you are saying that God is only impressed with those who evangelize?”
No, but when you think about working FOR God, you need to think what is important TO God.
You: “But I sacrifice and give my all in everything that I do”
About sacrifices, on 1 Samuel 15:22 it says “To obey is better than sacrifice” and to give your all, Jeff Bezos gave his all, but is it enough to impress God?
So what is important to God? “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ‘The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
God does not care about how much money you have, God cares how many friends you have (although having both is awesome);
God does not care how hard you work, God cares how passionate you are and God does not care about you flashing stuff around. He cares about an intimate (private and personal) relationship.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” Matthew 6:6
I hope this will make you reflect over working for God, it certainly did it for me. Sometimes I have an idea about what to write but halfway God sends me an insight and bam! I get shocked about what I’m writing. This one was certainly an eye opener for me. And I say this to reinforce that this message is from God.
The story I wanted to write about is as follows:
One sculptor was commissioned to carve statues for a church in Italy during the renaissance. The sculptures were to be placed along the walls of a church. After a long time the bishop began to grow impatient because the artist was not done. He confronted the artist”
Bishop: “You lazy scum. Why have you not finished my statues?”
Artist: “I’m still working on them; here I have completed most of them.”
The bishop inspected the work and it was absolutely divine. The artist was giving special attention to all detail, front and back. And then the Bishop got shocked and asked.
Bishop: “Why in the world are you spending time to carve the back of the statues!? Did I not tell you those are going to be placed against the wall!? No one will ever see the back of the statues!!
Artist: “I thought those were meant for the house of God.”
Bishop: “Yes they are, you know that”
Artist: “Then those are not to please the guests, but the owner. No guest will ever see the back of the statues, but God will. And I work to please Him.”