I wrote a song a few years ago titled, “What Have You Done?” In it, the lyrics to the chorus go like this:
What have you done for the Kingdom?
What have you done for the Father?
What have you done for the One, that you claim He saved?
What have you done for Jesus, the Savior from your sins?
Amidst the storm, He gave new life within
You see, many people claim to know Christ, but in works, they deny him (Titus 1:16). They have not sincerely taken up their cross (Matthew 16:24) or counted themselves as lost to the world, but are rather partakers of the world (I John 2:15). They live their lives the way they want to live them and do what they want to do without any real thought as to what God has called them to do.
There are those professors who think that just because they give money and attend church, that they are justified before God. They fool themselves into believing that they are okay to live their own comfortable lives because they do other “good works.”
First off, your “good works” are not going to get you into Heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Many people are “do gooders,” but that doesn’t mean that will earn them a spot in eternity.
We are saved by Christ and through Christ and through His blood as we repent of our sins and take Him by faith (Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 2:8-9; I John 1:9). Salvation is not something that we could ever earn.
Secondly, even if you are doing good things, attending church, supporting ministries, or even giving money to feed starving children in Africa, if that is not exactly what God has called you to do in His Divine will, you are outside of the will of God and not walking in obedience.
I have seen many people in my life who have willingly departed from the call of God in their lives (I John 2:19). They may even technically be in “ministry,” but if it’s not the right ministry or they are doing it for themselves to prove what they can do, they are outside of the will of God.
Keep in mind also that God will never give you more than what you are able to bear through Him. He more than likely will call you to do something hard, something beyond your own natural ability to do. However, if He has called you to do it, He will make a way for you to get the job done.
If you are reading this article and thinking to yourself, “It’s like she’s talking to me,” I would say yes, I am or rather God is using this article to prick your heart and stir your conscience. Chances are you already know what is right and are running away from it. Remember, you can run, but you cannot hide from God. Don’t make the mistake of living your life your own way and then standing in front of God on Judgment Day with excuses that will not work. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
I read a quote by a man of God that said, “You can excuse yourself into hell, but you cannot excuse yourself into Heaven.” How true that is!
Make the choice to say just as Jesus did in Matthew 26:39, “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” In many cases, you will have to do the “tough job” or the job that not many people are willing to do, but if Jesus did it, so can we through His strength and by Him alone. Remember, the disciple is not above His Lord and Jesus is our great example (Matthew 10:24).
What have you done for the Kingdom of God? It is a sincere question to ask and if you have been living your life for yourself outside of the will of God and working for things that have no eternal value, it’s time to repent and ask God to sincerely show you what He wants you to do.