April 16, 2018

mondays and kingdom workers                 1Corinthians 3: 6,9,10,16, 23

 

Do you ever go to a party and meet someone new and they ask you what you do (implying your occupation)?  Aren't our answers today different then when we were younger?  My  today's answer would be "being a grandma, enjoying my friends, serving in the church and my community."  Because I'm retired, none of these are money making occupations.  Interestingly enough, the Bible has no retirement plan. God loves to use older people (80's and 90's and older) to accomplish His work for the kingdom.  Paul lists in 1Corinthians 3 some occupations we can do for the Lord no matter what age we are, young or old:

 

WE CAN BE:

1    nurturers:          people who share God's word and help others to grow in their faith vs 6

2    God's field:       people who are willing to grow in their faith and bear fruit vs 9

3    builders:           people who make choices to live and give generously for the Kingdom vs 10

4    God's temple:   people who strive to obey God's word and be holy vs 16  

 

That's a ambitious list for us to commit to achieving, but the good news is:  God does not expect us to accomplish Kingdom work all on our own.  Verse 23 tells us that we are OF CHRIST.  That "of" means that we are part of Jesus and His power is working in each one of us as we work alone or as a body. We do not have to look at our weaknesses but at His strength. 

 

Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so

Little ones (and older ones) to Him belong,

They are weak but He is strong.

 

seeking with you to work for God's kingdom in the power of our Savior, susie 

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