Service vs Intimacy

28 Apr

Trying to do something for God is a flesh trip!… Religious flesh is often a hard pattern for a person to recognize because it is usually applauded by other Christians… Many Christians today are exhausted because they understand the Christian life to be primarily a life of service for God. But that isn’t true. The Christian life is primarily a life of intimacy with God.

Steve McVey

Grace Walk, Harvest House 1995, 94

 

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2 Responses to “Service vs Intimacy”

  1. Margaret Morse April 28, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Amen I really do agree with this.

  2. jeremypenwarden April 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    If that is true, why did God completely fail to explain that to Adam? God gave Adam a job of work to do – subduing and replenishing the earth – overcoming the damage done by Satan after he was cast down onto the earth. God never mentioned the priority of intimacy, and there’s no record that God and Adam interacted during the day while Adam was getting on with his job.

    Adam’s PURPOSE according to God’s words to him and therefore scripture was to do a job of work on this earth. That is why Adam was created. In God’s likeness and image IN ORDER TO be equipped to fulfil his purpose.

    If what McVey and the religious church, and yes I mean religious [if the cap fits wear it] were true, then we could spend a life of intimacy with our God never doing anything for him, but still doing our primary call.

    This is in total contradiction of all of scripture, and in particular the clear words of Jesus – it’s not about hearing the word but doing it.

    Hearing the word is intimacy. Doing it is service. Be doers of the word, not hearers only. That does NOT say that service is secondary – which is what this quote is claiming.

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