II Corinthians 6.1-10, John 15.8, I Corinthians 3.9, II Corinthians 4.13
In the last blog I wrote I noted the “WOW” factor of the scriptures pointing out that we, as believers, are working together with Him, YHWH. A gigantic honor to realize we are on the same team with the Creator of the universe, so stated in II Cor. 6.1. As I pondered this thought I realized there can be no other way, for as John 15.5 says, ” He is the vine we are the branches,” there really is no other way. Only God can produce eternal results, we are not adequate to produce anything of spiritual value.
As Paul continues to write in his letter known as II Corinthians he describes his life in terms of afflictions and honors, as a paradox of responses from the very ones he is ministering to. Which, I suppose, is to be expected, for as humans we have free will and not everyone is going to believe the message of salvation. But Paul describes such passion, such zeal in his ministry that it is truly contagious. Imagine being so consumed by the Spirit of God that you would endure beatings, prison, rejection, hard laboring, distress, etc. chapter 11 starting with verse 22 we see a vivid description of his endurances. Honestly what any of face today pales by comparison to what this apostle faced, but it does make me wonder what kind of zeal I really have for God.
“Working together with God, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain;” I see a passion so deeply filled by the love of Christ there is no limit to the desire of his heart for these people to be successful in their walk with Christ. To be fully filled with the Holy Spirit, to be zealous for the things of God, to be consumed with love, and a have servants heart.
We have the privilege of working with the God of the universe, let us desire a passion for His work. John 9.4″We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work.”