Week 31, Day 3 and 4
August 3-4, 2022
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3-4
“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:7–9)
“This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.” (1 Corinthians 4:1)
“We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;” (1 Corinthians 4:12)
We are called to selfless service in the kingdom of God. We make much of our lives and we want recognized for what we do. I can’t tell you how many times my ego gets in the way of the selfless service attitude we are called towards in this new life in the kingdom. Just the other day, I found myself chiming into a conversation making sure I got the credit for something that was done. Why do I need credit?
Paul empties himself of this attitude and calls us to the same. We are all merely servants in Christ, co-laborers, and workers together. It’s God’s field and God’s building and God’s fruit and God’s ways. So get out of the way and give God glory! That’s what we are called towards in the kingdom. We are servants of Christ, entrusted with the message of God’s incredible goodness and love. The world knows little of it, so that’s what we make known. Not my goodness, and good deeds, but God’s Goodness and his Good deed for the world; the rescue of sinners, the hope of new life.
Jordan, get out of the way. To God be all glory.
Have a great day!
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.