"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:22,23
So many Christians think that just because they are doing the work of the Lord that this is all there is. They think that working for Him is enough. They think this is their "reasonable service". And that is all they do-- work for the Lord. But they are neglecting the "weightier matter". The "weightier matter" is our love, worship and intimacy with Him.
We put the emphasis on our work for the Lord. He puts the emphasis on our relationship with Him. Working for the Lord and knowing the Lord are not the same thing. Anyone can do religious deeds. Anyone can do good works. And at the end of the day many feel good about the task/work that they have accomplished for Him. But what have we really accomplished if all we have done is work-- no matter how great the work is- and neglected Him?
Our works are for others- they are meant to draw attention to the Lord so that others will desire to "taste and see that He is good". Our intimacy with Him is for us- it draws our attention to Him so that we can "taste and see how good He is".
Don't stop working for the Lord. We need to let our lights shine (His light in us) so that the world will see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. But don't neglect the greater "work" that He desires from us-- relationship.
Have a great day. Working for the Lord is not the same thing as having a relationship with the Lord.
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