Christians often talk about working for God, going on a missions trip for God, doing the ministry for God.
It’s good to talk that way. It’s biblical. For example, we are promised that through Christ we will “bear fruit for God” (Romans 7:4). We are urged to “live for him who . . . died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:15). And we are called to “work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
So we should do things for God. But what does that mean?
Not to Meet God’s Needs
Sometimes when we talk about doing something for someone, we mean that we are going to meet their needs. So if we talked about doing something for the poor, we mean we are going to meet the needs of the poor.
But is that what we mean when we talk about doing things for God? When the Bible calls us to do things for God, is it calling us to meet God’s needs? That’s impossible, because God has no needs.