I’m no longer doing things “for” Christ.
Now before you get up in arms let me explain.
This last weekend at a conference I heard this statement…”We must never replace and confuse the person of Christ with the mission of Christ.”
You see it’s entirely possible to do something “for” someone without ever really knowing them. We can be “for” a particular President or “for” a particular sports team and do a lot of good work for them. We can show up at all the games and cheer or campaign for the President but if you show up the Whitehouse or at the team locker room and demand entrance you would be denied. You may have actually done a lot of great things but you never actually “knew” them.
We can be so engaged in “doing” the work of Christ and never actually “know” him. We can turn the work and mission of Christ into an idol itself and miss the whole point.
We can attend worhsip, we can go to a small group, we can read the Bible, and we can even be a pastor or missionary “doing” the work of Christ and forget what it’s really all about. We are not called to do things “for” Christ but rather we are called to do things “with” Christ.
Here is what Christ himself says…
“21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 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!’” Mathew 7:21-23
We are not called to do things “for” Christ.
We are called to do things “with” Christ.
May we never forget it.
If you’re interested more in thinking about this topic you should read THIS BOOK.