Working For God by Andrew Murray

Working For God by Andrew Murray
A sequel to Waiting on God

Download Working for God by Andrew Murray PDF

The aim of good works is that God is glorified, not man, Andrew Murray tells us in the beginning of this book. Waiting on God is part of the work process. This book Working For God is a sequel to Waiting on God. Goto Waiting on God PDF.

Offering oneself as an instrument through whom God can work is the chief objective of life, Murray writes. Work is the “highest form of existence” he adds, noting that we are defined by our work. We are what we do in a sense. In maintaining a Christian perspective, he places work in the context of love, noting that “The most Godlike thing is love.”

Fruitfulness is an outcome of work. Fruit is produced spontaneously. It isn’t forced. Murray presages Rick Warren in discussing how fulfilling one’s God-given role with talent and ability leads to a sense of satisfaction. He goes so far as to say “The works of a man not only reveal his life, they develop and exercise, they strengthen and perfect it. Good works are of the very essence of the Divine life in us.”

Murray sounds a theme found in Robert A. Schuller’s work when he talks about Divine work requiring Divine intervention. Dr. Schuller similarly talks about a God sized dream, one that cannot occur unless God is involved. Faith is a necessary part of such a dream becoming a reality. In the conclusion he returns to the opening comments about waiting on God. If one is to achieve what God designed him to achieve, it will have to be done God’s way. That can only come about as one waits on God.

Introduction

The object of this little book is first of all to remind all Christian workers of the greatness and the glory of the work in which God gives a share. It is nothing less than that work of bringing men back to their God, at which God finds His highest glory and blessedness. As we see that it is God’s own work we have to work out, that He works it through us, that in our doing it His glory rests on us and we glorify Him, we shall count it our joy to give ourselves to live only and wholly for it.

The aim of the book at the same time is to help those who complain, and perhaps do not even know to complain, that they are apparently labouring in vain, to find out what may be the cause of so much failure. God’s work must be done in God’s way, and in God’s power. It is spiritual work, to be done by spiritual men, in the power of the Spirit. The clearer our insight into, and the more complete our submission to, God’s laws of work, the surer and the richer will be our joy and our reward in it.

Contents

1. Waiting and Working — Isa. 40:31, 64:4
2. Good Works the Light of the World — Matt. 5:14, 16
3. Son, go Work — Matt. 21:28
4. To Each one his Work — Mark 8:34
5. To Each one according to his Ability — Matt. 25:14
6. Life and Work — John 5:34, 9:4, 17:4
7. The Father abiding in Me doeth the Work — John 5:17-20, 14:10
8. Greater Works — John 14:12-14
9. Created in Christ Jesus for Good Works — Eph. 2:10
10. Work, for it is God which worketh in you — Phil. 2:12, 13
11. Faith working by Love — Gal. 5:6, 13
12. Bearing Fruit in every Good Work — Col. 1:10
13. Always abounding in the Work of the Lord — I Cor. 15:58
14. Abounding Grace for abounding Work.—2 Cor. 9:8
15. The Work of Ministering — Eph. 4:11, 12
16. According to the Working of each several Part — Eph. 4:15, 16
17. Women adorned with Good Works — 1 Tim. 2:10. 5:9, 10
18. Rich in Good Works — 1 Tim. 6:18
19. Prepared unto every Good Work — 2 Tim. 2:21
20. Furnished completely unto every Good Work — 2 Tim. 3:16, 17, 2:15
21. Zealous of Good Works — Tit. 2:14
22. Ready to every Good Work — Tit. 3:1
23. Careful to maintain Good Works. Tit. 3:14
24. As His Fellow-Workers — 1 Cor. 3:9 2 Cor. 6:1
25. According to the Working of His Power — Col. 1:29 Eph. 3:7
26. Labouring more abundantly — 1 Cor. 15:10 2 Cor. 12:9, 11
27. A Doer that worketh shall be blessed in Doing — Jas. 1:22, 25
28. The Work of Soul-Saving — Jas. 5:19
29. Praying and Working — 1 John 5:16
30. I know thy Works — Rev. 2, 3
31. That God may be Glorified — 1 Pet. 4:11

Along with this I have had in view the great number of Christians who practically take no real part in the service of their Lord. They have never understood that the chief characteristic of the Divine life in God and Christ is love and its work of blessing men. The Divine life in us can show itself in no other way. I have tried to show that it is God’s will that every believer without exception, whatever be his position in life, gives himself wholly to live and work for God. - Andrew Murray


Tags: , ,