Personal experience and observation has shown that many of the “works” attempted and accomplished were working “for” the Lord, not “with” the Lord. Not that the works were bad or evil, in fact for the most part they were good and righteous. Yet the rub comes after having completed them, there’s a sense not only of physical exhaustion but emotional and spiritual exhaustion as well.
Jesus addressed this when He declared “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Until we’re yoked “with” the Lord, we’re yoked to ourselves in isolation or we’re yoked to man; neither of which can give rest in the midst of the work. But when we’re yoked with Christ we are then working “with” Christ and He’s pulling the weight of the load.
Father show us when we’re unyoked so we can work “with” You and not just “for” You.