“Working for” and “working with” are two very different conditions. To work for your spouse could be a recipe for trouble, but to work with your spouse spells teamwork. Throughout our churches, pastors and parishioners, tumble into one of the two categories. Working for God often leads to cutting corners, preserving “me-time,” keeping back what’s mine, etc. As is often the tendency with employee/employer relationships, unfamiliarity or lack of trust exploits the other party and forces the response of self-defense. The employer must protect the bottom line at the expense of the employee. The employee must protect his dignity at the expense of the employer. It’s not a healthy relationship.
Sadly, these emotions simmer in the hearts of “work for God” Christians. God will never take advantage of his saints, but his requests can seem strenuous. “Working for” Christians allocate a service a week to God, attempt to invite someone to church when convenient, part with a little of their resources as long as it does not impinge their lifestyle. After all, they need to look out for themselves. Think logically for a moment. Do you want the responsibility of looking out for yourself, or do you want the omniscient, omnipresent God who never slumbers or sleeps to look out for you?
One statement about Jonathan in 1 Samuel 14 has always stood out to me. The people declare, “He wrought with God.” Jonathan worked with God to accomplish His perfect and powerful plan. He didn’t count his position as more important than God’s plan. He didn’t value his pride as more valuable than God’s plan. They weren’t collateral in the “let’s make a deal with God” game. He didn’t even value his own life as more important than working with God. He kept given to the work of God, and he let God take care of him.
What makes the difference? It’s all about your delight.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:4-5).
The word delight technically means “pliable” or “moldable.” What a powerful mental picture when you reflect on the Scripture which portrays your life as a vessel crafted by the Master Artisan. Your delight allows God to mold you into a masterpiece. Decide today to be like Jonathan and work with God instead of working for God. Find your delight in God and He will make your life fulfilling.