partnering with god
It’s kind of difficult to imagine God almighty entering into a partnership with mere men. He needs us just as we need Him, like the head needs its body.
1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
So, Paul and Apollos were working with the Lord in a partnership, they sowed the Word and reinforced if again and again. But it was the power of God that made it grow and produce what it was intended to create. God is a Spirit, therefore He does not preach in the earth, He has partners that do that part. Men can plant and water, but only God can make their labor produce the increase, it is a partnership.
Partnership - two or more parties working together to accomplish a common goal.
Every partnership needs a leader, so who qualifies for the leadership position? The one with the vision! The vision is the blueprint, it is the assignment, the goal. In order for a partnership to be successful, the leader must communicate the vision so all the partners can run with it.
Mark 16:20 The believers went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word with signs and wonders.
The Lord God, creator of heaven and earth, needs folks who will go out to speak for Him, then He can demonstrate whatsoever He has spoken. We are instrumental in proving to the world that our God reigns. God is our exclusive leader, He has the vision, He wants all men to come to the knowledge of the truth and be saved. No partner should be ignorant of God’s will because often times the ignorant can be a hindrance. If a man does not know the will of his leader he cannot be a fruitful partner.
2 Corinthians 3:2 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.
An epistle is a written message. When a man receives the Word of God and the full affects of it, everyone knows who he represents. A believer who partners with his Lord does not live in the fashion of the heathen, he lives a separate life apart from the world. This man does not need to advertise his faith on a t-shirt, nor does he need to publish his faith on the internet. Folks ought to be able to watch this man and know that he is influenced by the Lord Jesus. His entire life reflects the glory of His Lord, they are the light of the world and Jesus is that light.
Heaven has factory reps, people who go around demonstrating the power of God. They demonstrate what God has done to and for them, they share their encounter and offer the same experience. These folks are called Christ-ians, often referred to as little Christs, little anointed ones. They act more like Christ than mortal men, they are connected to something greater than themselves and they prefer it. God offers partnership positions to all men, those who accept always get the better part of the deal. Men are blessed of the better but the better gets all the praise and glory. Brethren take your partnership very serious, it has great recompense of reward.
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