“For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.” — 1 Corinthians 3:9
Early one morning Jim Belasco, a noted writer, went to the Methodist Hospital in Houston, to interview the world-famous heart surgeon, Dr. Michael DeBakey. As he made his way toward the operating room, he met a custodian with a smile as large as life and singing happily with all his heart, mopping the floor.
Curious to see such enthusiasm at such an early hour, the writer asked, “Why are you so happy?” The custodian responded, “Me and the Doc are going to save some lives today.”
We all form partnerships for many different reasons. There are occasions when partnerships are formed for leisure activities or social events and other times for work or special projects. But imagine a partnership that included a mop and a scalpel, a doctor and a janitor. Unbelievable!
That is what Paul had in mind when he said, “We work together as partners who belong to (and bring glory to) God. We are in partnership with Him! Through the Cross, the blood of Jesus Christ, the resurrection and salvation by faith through grace we have been placed in the family of God and given the opportunity to join Him in His great work.
Paul communicated three facets to this partnership that are important in understand the work that God has entrusted to us. First, this partnership is a partnership of servant hood. He said, “We are God’s workers.” Jesus showed us the way when it comes to service (Philippians 2:7).
A second facet to our partnership with God is that it is a partnership of fruit-bearing. 2 Corinthians 3:9 says, “And you are God’s field.” The mental picture of a field conjures up the idea of a harvest. We are in partnership for the purpose of a harvest. Jesus, in John 4, said, “You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.” Jesus was referring to people who were lost and needed a Savior. We are in partnership with God in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who are lost.
A third facet of partnership alluded to by Paul is that of a building. He said, “You are God’s building.” A building houses people or property. I believe Paul was saying that we are in partnership with God in displaying His presence. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was temporary and yet God said that it would be a place that He would be pleased to dwell (Exodus 25:8). The Temple in Jerusalem was a temporary place in God’s plan. God has now chosen a permanent place…you! That is, if you have placed your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.
Just imagine. Today you and I have the opportunity to face this week with the Eternal One as our partner! Nothing we face this week can silence or stop us! What an amazing partnership!