Tuesday, September 16, 2008
God’s Fellow Workers
Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. (1 Corinthians 3:8)
In 1 Samuel 30, we find the story of David leading his men to a successful battle. As they were returning home, those who had stayed behind and watched the camp and the supplies met them. But some of the troublemakers who had fought in the battle didn’t want to give any of the spoils of the battle to those who stayed by the camp.
I love what David said: “But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike” (verse 24).
Whether God has called you to serve Him in such a way that people see you, or whether He has called you to serve Him by supporting others who are seen, God will bless you and reward you in that final day.
Maybe you feel as though your life isn’t really making a difference or that what you have to offer God doesn’t mean all that much. You will be in for some surprises in heaven, because what may not seem very valuable on earth will be of great value in heaven.
I read a story about a man who found an old, blue-and-white vase while he was cleaning his attic. He took it to the auction to sell it, thinking he would probably get $20, $30, or maybe even $100 for it. To his utter amazement, the vase sold for $324,000. It was an original, 15th-century vase from the Ming dynasty.
What may not seem that valuable now will be later. Until then, we need to be faithful with what God has given us to do.
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The Bible says, "If any man be in Christ, he is an altogether different kind of person. Old things have passed away. Everything becomes fresh and new." That is the truth I want you and everyone who reads this book to come away with. And it is a message not just of hope, but also of Christ's redemptive power.