There is a difference between my work for God and the work of God through me. A great deal of damage is done as a person – even with every good intention – decides to do what they think God want them to do.
Even things that appear to be good can be nothing to do with the work of God. They may just be a human definition of work for God, and nothing to do with God’s perfect will. In our own strength, we can never do what is truly God’s work. We can only do our own work and then hope, or convince ourselves that it was in line with God’s perfect, eternal plan. But it cannot be and never will be.
The work of God happens through a person who is first submitted to the Lordship of God. The work of God must happen in a person before the work of God can happen through that person. To be a conduit through which the work of God flows, I must first lay down my will, my self-determination, my desire to control my own life – even how, when and where I do the work of God. I must lay down my “life”. (Matthew 16:24)
Then, and only then, will God’s presence operate in and through me. When I am filled with God’s presence in this way, any work that comes from me is not my work at all, but the work of God in me and through me.
Anyone who sincerely wants to allow the work of God to operate through them must be aware of the difference and the dangers.
As Oswald Chambers says, “We actually slander and dishonor God by our very eagerness to serve Him without knowing Him.”