Sunday 26 March, 2017

1 Corinthians 3:5-9

5 After all, what is Apollos? And what is Paul? We are only people who serve. We helped you to believe. The Lord has given each of us our own work to do. 6 I planted the seed. Apollos watered it. But God has been making it grow. 7 So the one who plants is not important. The one who waters is not important. It is God who makes things grow. He is the important one. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have the same purpose. The Lord will give each of them a reward for their work. 9 We work together to serve God. You are like God’s field. You are like his building.

I am so glad I do not work alone. Every day I have reason to be thankful for my colleagues. They share their creativity, resources, wisdom, perspective and encouragement freely and often help me to laugh and find the fun amidst the business. They ask after my health, check in to see how I am managing life, and share their stories with me. My co-workers are a huge part of why I enjoy my job and it is so satisfying to be on purpose together.

God calls me His co-worker. He doesn’t need me as such, but He chose a salvation plan that involves me. God is relational and He enjoys saving, restoring, creating, beautifying, redeeming and resurrecting right alongside me. God doesn’t tolerate me as an annoying junior worker He is burdened with. Oh no! I am the beloved child He is training up in the family business. Wow!

Thank you God for calling me your co-worker. Help me to relate to you in the same rich way I relate to and enjoy my colleagues. I want to enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done, and know that we did it together. Teach me how to live like this. Amen.

Written by Bethany Waugh

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