Laborers Together with God

J.R. Waller, MBA
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Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:8-9 (KJV)

Laborers Together with God

God’s ambassador and servant. (2 Cor. 5:20) If you’re a Christian, that’s your job description.

Not only that, but you’re part of a global, infinite and eternal workforce of millions of fellow laborers all working together with God to help him bring about his kingdom.

Truly, God’s invisible church is a global, diverse and powerful labor force with the greatest CEO at the helm.

While all of us have specific gifts, roles, talents and ministries to do for our Lord, we have each been called to the same mission: go and tell of Christ to a lost and dying world. (Mk. 16:15, Eph. 4:18)

God has commanded us to go, not sit. We are to witness in the highways and hedges – in pulpits as well as prisons. Surely we can and must live out and share the Gospel in all areas of life. (Lk. 14:23)“God’s invisible church is a global, diverse and powerful labor force with the greatest CEO at the helm.”

God didn’t confine his Gospel to church buildings and settings. Know why? Because his saving grace, just like himself, cannot be contained. He can work anywhere, and on anyone, and as his ambassadors so can can we, because we work with God.

He is in us and everywhere. When we witness we not only represent him but he speaks through us. (2 Cor. 5:20) As such, God fully equips us to go out into the world and tell others about him because he is the one who saves through us. We merely go and share while he redeems the brokenhearted, down-trodden and salves to sin by his own opening of hearts through the efficient cause of salvation – the Holy Spirit.  (Acts 16:14, Ezek. 11:19, Rev. 3:20)

Again, we can work for God anywhere and everywhere and we must not relegate out witness to the church or formal ministry work. We have to remember that the vast majority of non-Christians don’t go to church, which is all the more reason why God has commanded us to go and share his word with the world.

The lost live their lives in the world, just like we do when we’re not “at church.” Additionally, no one has to “go to church” to become a believer in Jesus Christ.

While church gathering and fellowship is a command for the believer, it is not for the lost. The lost merely have to come to and believe in Christ. The place does not matter. The thief was on a cross, the woman was at a well, C.S. Lewis was in the back of a car, and so on.“The world is truly God’s oyster. Let’s go out as obedient ambassadors for Christ, and work together with him to help him bring about his kingdom, one soul at a time.”

Think about how you first heard of Jesus. It might have been at a church and if it was praise God. But more likely than not it was in your daily life. Someone or something told you about how Jesus died to pay the price of your sins and save you if you would merely believe in him. (2 Cor. 5:21, Jn. 3:16)

People need Christ, and they need you to share him with them. And such sharing can be done at all places through all means. All the more reason for us to be prepared to present the Gospel to others. Think about it…

A man in need of God’s saving grace might not enter through church doors on a Sunday, but he will enter through the doors of his grocery store on a weekday.

Conversely, a women might not pick up a Bible, but she might read a magazine while getting her hair done.

A child might not be taught about Jesus from his or her parents, but he or she might hear about it from a friend on the playground.

Many won’t intentionally seek and sing hymns, but they’ll listen to the radio. Some won’t pray but they’ll confide in someone.

The examples are endless, and while the means might change and fluctuate according to situations, the message remains the same and we’re commanded to share it.

The world is truly God’s oyster. Let’s go out as obedient ambassadors for Christ, and work together with him to help him bring about his kingdom, one soul at a time.

Soli Deo gloria!

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Hamers rijwielen by Johann Georg van Caspel, c. 1912. The Rijksmuseum. RP-P-1912-2445.

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