1 Corinthians 3:1–9 ‘For we are fellow workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.’ (v9)
In the apostle Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, he addresses some areas of their immaturity and sin. One is the number of factions that had cropped up among the believers, with some following one leader and others someone else.
Paul wants them to grow up in the Lord; to reach a state of maturity where they can digest solid food, not just milk. In instructing them he employs two familiar images, namely from agriculture and construction.
In doing so, he touches on an amazing concept in the Christian life, that God invites us to collaborate with Him. We can be co-workers with God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. We – puny human beings – have the privilege and opportunity to put our hands in God’s and create with Him.
It’s mind- boggling to think that the great and mighty God would stoop down to inhabit us through His Holy Spirit. What can this collaboration with God look like?
That’s the beautiful thing – because we are created as unique individuals, the expressions of this union are as many as there are people.
Perhaps it’s knowing how to welcome people. Or teaching children, affirming and inspiring them. Or being the faithful visitor of the homebound person.
Or developing a new medicine to help fight disease. Or creating a home that is a sanctuary of peace and love… And so on!
Whatever your day holds, might you view your daily tasks – even the menial ones – as those where you collaborate with God?
May we walk forward hand in hand with Him, sowing seeds of righteousness that He will make grow.
A Prayer To Make:
‘Father God, You have assigned each of us a task. May we discern the fullness of what that work is, that we might bring You honour and glory. Amen.’
An Action To Take:
Make a list of ‘big, huge, audacious goals’ – what might you be dreaming about that you could pursue with God?
Scripture To Consider:
Prov. 13:1–6; Eccles. 9:9–10; Eph. 2:8–10; Phil. 4:12–13