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We Are Important

By Don Loftis | 12.05.12

There are days that I just don’t feel very useful or effective in living the Christian life.  Can you identify with that? The early chapters of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians exposed their selfish and competitive attitudes.  They were a far cry from the spiritual people they had been called to be.

Despite their glaring weaknesses, Paul shatters their feelings of inadequacy and inferiority with these words, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field. God’s building.” (I Cor. 3:9).

Paul first identifies his readers as partners with God.  Mark’s Gospel ends with his assertion that while the apostles were preaching, “the Lord was working with them.”  God has chosen us to work with Him toward the ultimate goal of saving souls.  While our contributions are not equal to His, the Lord desires to use our voices, our hands, and our feet to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to the whole world—next door and around the world.

The second two images, field and building, remind us that God is at work in our lives.  The Spirit of God is producing a spiritual harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, and self control within each of us (Galatians 5:22-23).  The church is the Lord’s building established upon His own secure rock-like quality.  May we never forget that the Lord is remodeling our hearts and minds, and He is not finished with any of us yet.

 


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