For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:9
These practical gifts glorify God, you are caring for His people by using them. Working with honesty and integrity shows others what walking with God is all about.
God chose practical people to spread the message – fishermen, tent makers, even the son of God was a carpenter. He didn’t choose religious leaders, teachers or people of authority, the type of people we might choose if we had to spread an important message to everyone on Earth.
God chose them carefully and he used these men with different talents to work together to spread the Word that Jesus is Lord. As well as different professions they also had different temperaments. Through the gospels we can see men who are impulsive, emotional, tempestuous, pessimistic and loyal. The disciples weren’t alone and neither was Paul. He travelled with Luke, Barnabus, Timothy, Priscilla and Aquila and others.
We are not meant to travel through our lives alone and the Bible teaches us that our brothers and sisters don’t need to have the same job, temperament or be the same age as us. What binds us together is a love of God.
There is loyalty in these relationships like all friendships. But there is more to a Christian friendship – there is deep caring, teaching and accountability. We are supposed to support each other but also be honest advisors ‘as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.’ Proverbs 27:17
Please help me to use the gifts you have given me this summer to glorify You. Thank you that you use practical people to spread your word. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made and thank you that you have made other unique brothers and sisters to walk with me through life. Please help me to reach out, find and nurture these relationships. That they may be lifelong and fulfilling both to us and to You.