22
Sep
09

partners

Larry-Rise-1951A wise man once said, “Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.” (Solomon)

When was the last time you came along side someone to help them with the job they were doing? For most of us I’m sure it hasn’t been that long ago. It might have been our spouse, our children, a co-worker, or a friend that we made their job easier, maybe with our expertise or maybe just by our presence. We know by experience what Solomon said is true- two working together make the task at hand easier.

What about ministry? When was the last time you joined yourself with someone who was doing something for the Lord? After almost thirty years in ministry I’ve noticed a strange phenomenon among God’s people. We’ll help each move furniture, build a deck, or watch the kids, but we are hesitant to jump in and get involved when we see someone doing Kingdom work. Why?

I’m sure there are a number of reasons. The easiest answer is that maybe we just didn’t know, maybe nobody asked us to help. That’s legitimate. But is that the only reason? I don’t think so.

I think a lot of the time we fall prey to the tyrant of busyness. There’s no easy way to say it – we just get consumed with our schedules, our commitments, and even our leisure.

Before anyone tunes me out because I’m sounding “preachy”,let me be the first to say our families, our jobs, our community involvement and our leisure are all very important. We need to make priorities of them all. However, we cannot forget that Jesus sets the proper order of our priority list in Matthew 6 by reminding his listeners that all the things that I previously mentioned are important and deserve a place on our priority list. At the very top of Jesus’ list is the Kingdom.

I will be the first to admit that often the church has confused “Kingdom work” with busy work that has no lasting value and we need to guard against that. But we must also recognize that we have been called to “Work together as partners who belong to God” (1 Corinthians 3:9) to build the Kingdom.

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