Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10
“As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvellous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it” [2 Corinthians 6:1 NLT]
Here is an amazing truth – God calls us to work in partnership with Him. The various English translations call us God’s partners, co-operators with God, and God’s fellow workers! What grace and what a privilege! The Greek word used here is sunergeo meaning fellow worker, to co-operate, to work with.
Although He doesn’t need to do so, it has always been on God’s heart to work through men. When God created Adam and Eve He gave them work to do.
Adam was to name the animals, have dominion over them, and take care of the earth that God had created. When God wanted a special people through whom He could work he called out a man, Abraham, and the nation of Israel was created. When God wanted to reach the Assyrians he called a pouting prophet named Jonah.
In the Book of Ezekiel we read that the prophets were seeing false visions, and divining lies, saying ‘Thus says the Lord,’ when the Lord had not spoken.
They mistreated the poor and needy and were wrongfully oppressing foreigners [Ezekiel 22:28-29]. God then said, “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” [Ezekiel 22:30]. God looked for a man who would intercede for the people.
Of course God can work without co-workers. Amazing stories are coming out of places like Malaysia and Iran, of people who have met with Jesus through dreams and visions, and whose lives have been totally changed. However, God normally uses co-workers who work with Him. Writing to the Romans Paul says, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?
And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace; who bring glad tidings of good things” [Romans 10:14-15].
There is an indication of our working together with God at the end of Mark’s Gospel, “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen [Mark 16:20].
What do you think is the meaning of partnership with God in the work of His Kingdom?
Why do you think it is that the Sovereign Lord chooses to work with and through men?
What part has God called you personally to play in serving Him and in the extending of His Kingdom? If He calls you to do something for Him are you prepared to obey His call?