“There is no mistake more terrible than to suppose that activity in Christian work can take the place of depth of Christian affections.”
There are a great many people that often fall into a trap of believing the purpose of the Christian life is to please God by doing much. At times I am one of those people. On a regular basis I need to be reminded that Christian work is meant to cultivate devotion, not replace it. In other words, the primary reason God has given us work to do for him is so we would grow in our dependance upon him and our satisfaction in him.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me,‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
To do “the work of God” without a heart that loves and is satisfied in God, you will be considered nothing more than a worker of lawlessness. If there be any warning finding it’s way to your heart upon reading this text, the best course of action for you would be to stop doing your work and start pursuing your God.
This is precisely where I found myself some time ago. In the midst of taking seminary courses I was made aware of the vileness of my heart and the dangerous path I was taking by cultivating my theological knowledge while ignoring my indwelling sin.
What pleases God is the heart. Actions are measured by the faith that accompanies them. Stop working for God if you aren’t in love with God. Till the soil of your private prayer life and then worry about everything else.