Friday, November 8

Only God

Scripture: Job 33, 1 Corinthians 1-3

1 Corinthians 1:29-30 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus…

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  9 For we are God’s fellow workers…

Observation

The Corinthians were dividing over loyalties to men: “I am of Paul.”  “I am of Apollos.”  “I am of Peter.”  Paul reminds them that these men are just “servants through whom you believed” (3:5), but it is God who saved them.  It is “His doing you are in Christ.”  These servants are “God’s fellow workers” but it is “God who causes the growth.”  Paul points them back to God—that is where their allegiance must lie.  Only God can save!

Application

This is a great reminder for me!  I can do my best (and want to) but it is God who gives the growth.  I can’t save anyone, change anyone, heal anyone—only God can do that.  Those are God’s work.  I am God’s fellow-worker and want to do my part the best I can, but it is God who gives the growth.  In the end, if someone is a Christian, it is not because of me, but “by His doing that they are in Christ Jesus.”  

My pastor used to tell me, “You do the possible and God will do the impossible.”  This is where prayer is so important.  I do my best, and then I pray that God will use it and go far beyond it and do what only God can do.  

It is a high honor to be God’s fellow-worker!  But I know that He is doing the heavy lifting and all the honor and loyalty go to Him!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for choosing me to be Your fellow-worker!  Help me do my best every time, and to pray like crazy and trust You to do what only You can do.