2 Cor. 6.1
“And He was saying, ‘The kingdom God is like a man who casts seed on the ground; and goes to bed and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-how, he himself does not know.'”
For years now, I have personally been involved with singing ministries, evangelistic crusades, nursing home ministries, church building and or refurbishing, plus the more normal church choirs, Sunday schools, bible studies, etc. I have usually been the teaching minister and or preacher, a position of high esteem mind you, always by default, in most of these experiences. As a result of my studying the scriptures, I preach heavily on Grace. Eph. 2.8 ” For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God.” Another valuable scripture concerning grace is 2 Cor. 6.1 ” we urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain;” and if you follow this blog you might recognize this from past episodes of mine.
Wow, what a revelation it was to me the other day to see for the first time the beginning words of the 2 Cor. 6.1 passage. It starts with ” And working together with Him,” how could I have missed that. What a dramatic statement and concept! We are working together with the Living God, with Jehovah Most High, the God of our fathers, with the great I Am, YHWH. This is the high point of all perspectives, the dignity of our work in ministry, the honor. We have been given a high and holy privilege that is beyond what we could hope for or imagine. We are in a cooperative effort with the Living God. That changes everything, and puts a perspective on our efforts of service in a whole new realm.
Imagine, if you will, to be in a close work environ with a legend in your field, an award winning person that all the industry admires and aspires to be like. And you are with him on this project. Oh what tips he might have and cues to pick up on. Well, here we are co-workers with God himself.
Hebrews 9.13 ” For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Our willingness to serve God only opens the door for God to indwell us and work through us as a partner who accomplishes eternal results. If left to our own efforts we can accomplish only temporal results but God brings about eternal results. We don’t know how the crop grows, God does, but we still plant the seed. Praise the LORD, Praise the LORD!