Is what we do for the Lord, for Him or for Us?
I was listening to my Youversion Bible App as I was driving to work the other day. I nearly drove off the road when I heard Zechariah 7:4-6
4 Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me: 5 “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted? 6 And when you were eating and drinking, were you not just feasting for yourselves?
This statement made me think “Is what I am doing for the Lord for Him or for me?” Many times I think we “do” church simply for our own benefit. We attend services to get some kind of emotional “kick in the pants” to live better the next week. We listen to preaching in hopes that it will “feed” us or “inspire” us to greater spiritual thought. We attend conferences and camps to get ourselves on track for the Lord. I wonder if God is asking this question, “Is this all for Me or for you?”
Can we get serious enough in our Christian walk that we don’t need the jolt each week to get us to live according to the Word of the Lord? Can we honestly look to the Lord and do everything we do for Him? Can I look at my life and say that any spiritual sacrifice is truly for the Lord?
I Corinthian 10:31 says it the best
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Each and everything we do should be for the Lord and not just for ourselves.
I was able to drive the rest of the way to work without crashing, but my heart was pricked by this verse of scripture that made me think long and hard about my motives in ministry, church, and life. I pray that what I do is for the Lord and not just for me.