READ ROMANS 12:3-8
So far in this series from the book of 1 Corinthians, we have seen that the Body (the Church) is to be Unified and Gospel-Centered. In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul addresses them as Saints, members of the “Church of God that is in Corinth” [1 Cor 1:2]. They were all believers in Jesus Christ, but they had many problems, and Paul admonishes them to act like believers, to be Unified and Gospel-Centered. The first problem Paul addresses is division in the church, a division created by specific loyalties toward former ministers, resulting in jealousy and strife (1 Cor 3:3). But their loyalty was unfounded. “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” [1 Cor 3:7]. Paul continues, “For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field…” [vs 9]. There is unity in the purpose of ministry, but diversity in the actions (work).
All of us have work to do in the body. But our purpose is to Glorify God and our position is as fellow workers. Romans 12:4,5 states, “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”
Using one of Paul’s illustrations of work in the field, in order to bring seed to harvest there are many processes, and many laborers. In general, the process is: soil preparation; planting; watering; fertilizing/weeding; pruning; harvesting. There are many gifted individuals doing this work in your life as well in the lives of many. And we also have a calling to do “good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” [Eph 2:10]. Let us celebrate this diversity of work as we all Glorify God in our good work [actions] as we minister together.
For this 3rd week of Lent, consider the diverse number of people who have done this work in you and praise God for their ministry. Also, pray for them and others you know to be faithful ministers of the word of God in the lives of those to whom they come in contact both locally and internationally, and that God will continue to prepare hearts (soil) to receive His word.
PRAYER FOCUS - TAKE TIME EVERYDAY THIS WEEK TO PRAY
Monday: For Evangelists who speak the word of truth [Planting]
Tuesday: For Preachers and Teachers who continue to nourish [Watering]
Wednesday: For Wise Leaders to protect from cares and worries [Weeding]
Thursday: For Prophets with firm but kind rebukes to strengthen [Pruning]
Friday: For Faithful Encouragers to bring us to the finish [Harvesting]