Google+ 06/10/13 Go To Work Now!!!

1 Corinthians 3:7-8

 

It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering.

What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.

The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose.

And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.

 

There are many different opinions about the concept of work.  Believe it or not, one concept of work in the world is to not do it!  We often argue about whose work is the most important.  Our Scripture lesson today tells us that this discussion could not be a greater waste of time.  God gifts every believer to work in His Kingdom.  God also makes all of us work together for His good.  One thing that is definitely different in modern-day times versus Biblical times is the way we judge the importance of the work being done.  We actually decide that some work for God's Kingdom is less important than other work.  Our Scripture proclaims the truth clearly.  What is important is that God makes our "seeds" grow.  That requires different, gifted people working in harmony, completing different tasks.  That is why God made us all unique.  Do you realize how much time many people spend trying to put God's work into categories, rather than just completing it?  I am amazed at how much talk is required in churches to accomplish and complete God's tasks.  Long ago, I chose the path of work, rather than talk.  I listen to what God says, and then go to work.  We are to be the hands and feet of God.  Of course, God must speak to us and instruct us as to what we should be doing for Him.  The problem is that we talk a lot, but many times do very little.  Notice that Paul tells us that someone has to plant and someone has to water.  Both of these are equally important and neither will produce any fruit without the other.  Working together, as God's people, in harmony to achieve His goals has always been God's idea of productivity.  Don't get derailed trying to figure out whose work is most important.  Always focus on the Holy Spirit and God's wisdom and encouragement.  Don't just be busy being busy.  Recently, I saw a message on a church sign that alarmed me.  It said, "Jesus is coming, look busy!"  Jesus does not want us to look busy.  Jesus wants us to be productive.  Make sure that all your work is productive for God and don't waste time.  Because our time is finite here on earth, we cannot afford to waste any of it, particularly not arguing among ourselves as to whose work is most important to God.  All of God's workers will be rewarded equally, according to our Scripture today.   Embrace that fact and rejoice in the tasks ahead that God has given us to do.  Pray and listen every day.  It is so important.  After those two steps, please complete the final step without hesitation.  Hear God say, "Go to Work Now!!!"