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 in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ – Matt. 7:22-23 NIV
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The essence of working most times is the expectation of a reward of some sorts, be it financial or appreciation and praise. With this in mind, every worker desires to be recognised or noticed in the course of working. Some situations may involve keeping a register so that the list of recognised workers can be documented. It seems this policy also applies to working in the house of the Lord. It is either there is a register being kept in heaven or there is a way of keeping record of recognised workers by Jesus Christ and the Almighty God. The scripture today leaves one in no doubt about the possibility of such a record keeping exercise.
Jesus in the course of delivery of his first set of teachings as captured by his disciple, Matthew, was laying the foundation of who could be called a true disciple as, according to him, there will also be false disciples. In making this clarification, the following points were made in that scripture (Matt. 7:22-23):
1. Some may verbally call him Lord but that is not sufficient criteria for them to be rewarded with admission into the kingdom of heaven. He can only be your Lord which in fact means master, if all instructions on all that you do come from him – Mal. 1:6. As your Master, he decides all that you do. Anything different makes his being referenced as master, a mere pronouncement with no relevance to the life of the person claiming such.
2. There is assurance for those who do the Will of God that they will enter the kingdom of heaven. To do the Will of God is to be sure that what is being done at a particular point in time is what God wants for that moment. This can only be the case if the individual is able to communicate in spirit, as instructions do change depending on what the Master wants to achieve. The same God who told Moses to strike the rock (Ex. 17:3-4), was the same one that said, speak to the rock – Num. 20:11. He had God as his master on the first occasion but became the master of himself on the second occasion. He was punished for doing an evil work by being denied entry into the promise land – Deut. 1:19-45. Be careful as that work could be the reason for your not entering your promise land if it is considered as evil by the Almighty God.
3. Ability to prophesy, drive out demons or do miracles all in the name of Jesus Christ will not be sufficient criteria for admission into the kingdom of heaven. The children of Sceva did more and it was not sufficient to save them from the attack by evil forces – Acts 19:11-20. It is not possible to be a worker for the Almighty God and become a victim of evil. All those claims of being successfully attacked spiritually by evil forces could be clear evidence of that all those works you claim are being done on behalf of God are considered evil by Him. Review them now before it is too late.
4. Those who are able to prophesy, drive out demons and do miracles in the name of Jesus Christ, but do not have Jesus Christ in their lives, will be considered to be doers of evil. It means that they can only be compensated by the father of evil who is Satan and should not expect their reward or appreciation from the Almighty God. You can only get your reward from the one, for whom you worked, and in this case it was for Satan. Re-channel your efforts rightly so you can be rewarded rightly too.
From the above, it becomes clear that a worker of God will be only that individual that does what the Almighty God desires. This no doubt makes a lot of sense considering the fact that a worker will be expected to take instructions, and this only from the paymaster. A worker who does what he/she wills or feels is right, cannot be working for anyone but him/her self just as such will be considered to be a worker of anyone whose instructions, he/she operates with. Who are you working for? It is important that this question is answered honestly and in the most rational way.
The answer will be easier if you can determine who or what informed your decision to do all those things that you have been doing on his behalf. Is it zeal or the feeling that it could go bad if no one did it, which means care? Is it because it is part of your schedule being a member of that Christian group or compulsory task that needs to be carried out in order to meet set conditions for attaining a particular goal in the Christian group? Is it because the Almighty God laid it in your spirit or you were spiritually directed by the Holy Spirit, to do it? Is it because it protects and/or boost your ego? A honest response to these questions, pertaining to every activity being carried out by you, in the name of the Lord, will help you determine whose worker you really are. Unless it is a task that was done with directives of the Lord, it is most likely a task that has no record with Jesus Christ or the father, and could even be seen as an evil work, irrespective of how the world consider it.
There is no doubt that any devoted worshipper would have given kudos to Uzzah for preventing the Ark of God from falling but that was not the assessment of God for that situation – 2Sam. 6:1-15. If anything, what he did deserved was nothing but death which he got instantly. Ability to operate in the Holy Spirit and perform all those deliverance exercises will not deliver you from his lack of recognition for your person, as long as that was not His Will for you to do. The soldiers with King Saul would probably have praised him for his quick intervention in the face of the enemies advancing and the late arrival of Samuel, but that was not sufficient excuse with God as that was not His Will for him on that occasion – 1Sam. 13:1-10.
What is the point doing all those works, supposedly on His behalf, and it is not only unrecognised but might even be considered an evil work by the Almighty. Note that all those works may present you as a great man/woman of God before men but its being considered as a work of evil which will eventually deprive you of admission into the kingdom of heaven. Do not waste your time doing evil works in the name of God. It will never have a record in heaven and you cannot be considered as his worker. That will mean nothing but a complete loss.
Work according to His Will and it will be credited to you. That is the only way you will be recognised as His worker and can be rewarded accordingly. May God help us to do only works that will be recognised by Him in Jesus name. Amen.