We get caught up in doing, INSTEAD of pleasing God by loving Him first. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)- “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
We get caught up by doing what we think is His will, instead of letting Him use us for His will. Philippians 2:13 (NIV)- “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
We get caught up doing battle for Him, instead of letting Him use us as He sees fit. Psalm 144:1 (NIV)- “Praise be to the Lord my Rock,who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.
The good works we choose to do may not have been the good works chosen for us. He will utilize our gifts to bring His will to completion. Philippians 2:13(NIV)- “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Again, this scripture keeps popping up on the subject.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 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 perform many miracles?Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!” Matthew 7:21-23
Are we more committed to “do good works” than we are to God? Sometimes it is easier to serve than it is to be faithful and love God first. Keep doing good works, but make sure your motives and your loyalty are of God, not for approval of the flesh. Loving and pleasing God need to be first.
The battles and good deeds He is going to use us for, will come at the time when He is placed ahead of our desires. John 3:30 (ESV)- “He must increase, but I must decrease.”