One of the hardest things is accepting that I am exactly where the Lord wants me. God has given me this season, so I can “join Him in what He is doing (see John 5:19).” God will welcome our willingness to serve Him in whatever place we find ourselves. As we serve Him, He will send us into a variety of ministries using our gifts.
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 (1 Cor. 3:5-9, NIRV).
Paul’s goal was to exclusively teach the people who God is and His precious Word! In this passage, we learn that God gives each of us a specific way to further His Kingdom. And our God brings us into that way of serving, and is the One producing the growth. Through and through, it is all God so none can boast in their own efforts.
God will use our life’s story to minister and reach people – so they too can know our Lord Jesus Christ. The goal is to experience Jesus Christ for ourselves and share it with others.
When Your Giving Looks Different
My ministry may be a combination of relationships, this blog, and encouraging others. It is not “less than,” even if it seems like it at times. This is where God has saw fit to prepare and equip me.
Life with chronic illness can make us feel like we aren’t doing anything to further His Kingdom, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s allow ourselves to get excited about how God uses the hard days for His Kingdom!
Friends, we need to remember these words: “Having such a deep affection for you, we were delighted to share with you not only God’s good news but also our own lives, because you had become so very dear to us (1 Thess. 2:8, AMP).”
We are given the opportunity to share the Gospel and our very lives with others, regardless of our life’s circumstances. There are always opportunities to share, but let’s keep the focus on our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we draw nearer to the Lord, He most certainly will provide ways for us to build up His Kingdom. Maybe, it isn’t going out to share. Maybe, it is using your social media for the glory of God. Maybe, it is your example by the way you have chosen to live on fire for Christ – running to the Word whenever you get a chance.
This is God’s work, friends. He will put us in the places, where we need to share His hope and our lives. Hold tightly to these biblical truths!
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