Working for God vs walking with God sermon. Text John 15 vs 15,: Luke 9 vs 23. Look, you cannot successfully work for God without first of all walk with him. Walking with God means having personal and good relationship with God while working for God means taking up the task you are assigned to do for God. Working for God Versus Walking with God Sermon.
Working for God Versus Walking with God Sermon
22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matt. 7: 22-23
The bible reference above is the illustration Jesus gave in Matt 7 on what will happen at the last day. In the above quotation, we saw those who thought they were working for the Master but their works were rejected in the end. Some will come and say, Master we casted many miracles in your name but He will say to them, depart, I do not know you. These groups of people worked for God without walking with God.
To be able to work for God successfully, one needs to follow Him. Following him means accepting Him and doing His will, having time to pray, study the scripture and nurture his or her spiritual life. When you walk with God, you are drawing closer to Him. When you draw closer to God, you be able to understand Him better and carry out your task perfectly. Read also Sermon on Divine mandate Matthew 28 verse 18- 20.
Working for God Versus Walking with God
John 15:15 says henceforth I call you not servants; for servants knowth not what his Lord doesth: but I have called you friends, for all things I have heard from my my father made know unto you. From our text working for God is like being a servant which he our Lord said he does not want us to be , but to be a friend.
Job is an occupation. When we are servant we are limited. More also John 14: 21 says he that hath my commandments and keepth them, he it is that love me, and he that loveth me shall be love by my father, and I will love him, and manifest myself in him. Here God said he will manifest himself in him, now let’s me ask , will you be able to reveal your secret to your servant talk more manifesting your self in him.
That is why we Christians should go beyond working for him, to building a close relationship with him so that in this our generation he will manifest himself in us. work can equally be a place of work . Therefore working for God is like being employed to work for God.
And you know that when one is employed he may be faithful when his employer is around, but when not around can do any thing any how. Again in working for God it, can be eye service, that is doing things for people to notice and applaud you. When working for God one may not be able to do exactly what God wants from him. Working for God Versus Walking with God Sermon
Some attitude that can be seen when working for God
1. It is not self denial
In working for God it is not self denial. The bible says I Mark 8 vs 34-37. And it says Then he called his disciples and the crowds to come over and listen. If any of you wants to be my follower; he told them you must put aside your own pleasures and shoulder your cross and follow me closely.
Verse 35, if you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good news will ever know what it means to really live. Vs 36 and how does a man benefit if he gains the whole world and loses his soul in the process. Vs 37 is anything worth more than his soul.
Now, remember we said that work is a job. Remember even when your master is not closely watching or monitoring you , you seem to have your own pleasures, do it your own way. Not denying yourself.
2. Not sacrificial
Normally, when we are working for God, we tends not being sacrificial. We will also be interested in what we will get. That is why so many are condemning pastors , apostles and other genuine person God saying they are dubious, interested in their pockets. For getting that the Lord said in Psalm 4 vs 5 offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord. Sacrifices is important in the life of every Christians.
3. Looking forward for more blessing at his own time
The bible says that patience is a virtue. But those working for God are not patience at all. They want to do things in their own time. And for the blessing that is following their work for them to receive them so that people can praise them.
4. At times being competitive
Unhealthy competition kills, it also demoralizes. When one is possess by spirit of competition, she is not satisfied at all. Competition lead to stress yet not have what you are stressing yourself for . Competition leads to being in debt because you are trying to meet up.
Unhealthy competition leads to strife, it can equally leads to home violent and so many other. That is why in some of our Churches today many are not coming to church because they feel they do not have clothes to measure with other church goer. Some women are into enmity with their husbands because they are into competition with some one.
Walking with God
Walk means to move on by feet alternately. Now let’s consider Luke 9 vs 23 then he said to them all who ever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross DAILY and follow me. Further more walking with God involves complete commitment because you are following God step by step. Peter was able to deny God because he followed from afar
Some of these attitudes can be seen in a person walking with God.
1. He deny himself whether convenient or not.
2. He is sacrificial
3. He obeys to the letter
4. He is not competitive.
5. Heaven is sure.
In these walking with God is better than working for God.
Benefits of Walking with God and Working for God
The gains of walking with God and working for God are enormous. They cannot be overemphasized.
- When you come closer to God, the work will be made easier for you.
- Walking with God makes you know the will of God the more.
- Walking with God helps us not to compromise in our working for God.
- A child who is always close to his father, knows his father better than those who do not come closer. If we come closer to God, He will teach us and direct us and will acquaint with him the more.
- Another benefit of walking with God and working for God is that you cannot describe whom you are not closer to or who you do not know. If we are closer to God, we will know what He wants from us.
Conclusion on Working for God Versus Walking with God Sermon
Working for God is different from walking with God but the both can never be separated. God wants us to occupy, doing something until he comes. God wants us to spread the gospel and preach to the lost souls. God wants us to get busy in His vineyard. But He is also interested in our personal relationship with Him.
As we carry out all of these duties, we should never be too busy to let our prayer lives to suffer. We should always study the word of God and hear Him daily. Working for God means doing something for God while walking with Him means being closer to God and following His foot steps as you discharge your duties. You may read Working in power Sermon – Luke 10:19.