What You Do For God vs What God Did For You (Bus Accident Analogy)
I think serving God is amazing. He’s so kind, that my heart and affections are always toward Him. But have you ever noticed that what God really wants is for us to serve other humans?
Sometimes people over obsess with what THEY are doing for God. As if God were expecting to be paid back.
The Bible says “God is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything” – Acts 17:25
People whose main message is about what THEY do for God is unhealthy, and frankly, arrogant. It also leads people away from Jesus.
The gospel isn’t AT ALL about what we do for God. It’s about what He did for US. He’s God.
The gospel is what leads people to Jesus. The “what God did for me” message focuses on Jesus, whereas the “what I did for God” places the emphasis on “self”.
Bus Accident Analogy of God
Imagine, there you are, standing in the middle of the road. Unbeknownst to you, a bus is coming around the corner at 70 mph. Imagine you are about 3 seconds from dying, and out nowhere the guy named ‘Bob’ jumps out and saves you. Bob literally pushes you out of the way, and dies in your place.
Sure, it would be natural to want to do nice things to honor ‘Bob’, but is it honoring him if all we do is talk about what we’re doing for Bob? If you wanted an audience to honor Bob, which message would draw them to him? A message of all the things you are dong for Bob, or a message of what Bob did for you?
You see, no one cares about what you’re doing for Bob, or for Jesus. The appeal is what they did for us.
Now religion will tell say ‘oh, so you’re saying doing nice stuff for Bobs family isn’t okay? And I’d say, sure, I think that’s great, but if I’m doing for Bob, well I don’t need to boast about it in every conversation. I’d rather talk about what Bob did for me.
Serving God is part of the natural Christian life. Boasting about them is not. Guilting others to do serve, is not. We honor Jesus when we talk about Him giving His life for ours. That’s the message that broken and lost hearts so desperately want to hear.
So, if you want to honor Jesus, and I know most people do, let’s use this holiday season to talk about Jesus, and what He has done for us. You’ll find people are a lot more interested in what He did for you, then they are about what you’re doing for God.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.