Life Lessons: God is at Work!
Have you ever wondered what God is doing in the world? It’s sometimes easier to believe He is at work in the world than to believe He is at work in the one life you live. And what does that have to do with pictures worth MORE than 1,000 words each? Let’s connect some Scripture and I’ll tell you how it all collided – on the same day. Life lessons are always in front of us if we just open our eyes to see!
- In John 5:17 , Jesus lets us know He and the Father are always at work. Their work is perfectly synchronized. They do not work apart from each other.
- Colossians 1:16 tells us all things were created through Christ and for Christ.
- Ephesians 2:10 says we were created in Christ Jesus to walk in good works. But there’s more! The works we are to walk in were created by God before time began. How awesome is that? That should do a great deal to help our anxiety levels!
There are many other references to God’s work in the world and in you and me, but these will do for this post.
Life Lessons: God is in Charge
How often are we tempted to think we have the number one seat? We don’t. We never have had the first chair. God is at work, He chooses to let us in on it, and He has chosen to make our prayers a part of that. Can I fully explain that? No. I just know that it is. My life, your life, and our collective ministries have at least two things in common:
- They are good works God has prepared for us to undertake
- They are powered by prayer
What are the ministries you and I have. We have common ministries as a group of believers. We also have individual callings or ministries that are unique to each of us. Notice:
- The Lord’s Church – shared ministry, we are all in it together
- Your family – your personal ministry field and one you share with your local church
- Missions – shared ministry, all are called to it
- ROW – subset of general or shared missions, a more specific calling to people like me
- Making disciples – shared ministry
- Being/becoming a disciple – your job, your ministry, your service of worship
Life Lessons: Open the Eyes of Your Heart
The cover photo was taken in a morning worship service. The man on the left is a dear friend of mine, fellow laborer, mission supporter, and serves as a church planter and senior pastor. Why is that important? During the prayer time of that service, the two boys beside him are his grandsons. No one could have scripted that photo. I am just glad someone in the congregation had the foresight to snap it! It was only a few minutes later Jeff would stand to preach. There are so many things that picture can teach us if we just open our eyes.
The couple to the left are from Tanzania. Pastor Kelly and his wife came to the U.S. to be part of a mission conference and speaking tour. Kelly and I have been friends since about 2004. I have worked with him in Kenya and Tanzania. I have taken others to join his work in Tanzania among the Masai tribes. Kelly and I have long desired to connect my work with ROW to his ministry and mission opportunities in Tanzania.
Now remember, God is at work guiding you and me in His appointed good works. I left that morning service where a seven year old was praying for grandfather in order to travel to another church where I would be part of an evening missions conference with pastor Kelly. I am always aware of the number of times I ask people to pray and the faithful host of people who do just that! I am so blessed.
Well, in the missions conference with Kelly, I can’t imagine any aspect that could have gone better. The pastor of that church has a heart for the Gospel, missions, and evangelism. I shared ROW opportunities with a delightful congregation of believers. What happened next just brought the entire day, and these God is at work Scriptures, to a climax.
When I finished, the pastor grabbed a microphone and began asking me questions about our work (like an interview). He challenged his congregation to meet some significant ministry needs. Now, let me say this Life Lessons post is as much a reminder for me as it is helpful instruction to anyone else. I have to confess I had been a little anxious about meeting all the mission funding needs coming up in the next 6 months. I shouldn’t have been – but it’s easy to go there. One church couldn’t do six month’s worth, but they asked what was needed for next week’s mission to Belize. I told them. When I left for the drive home, I took the amount their pastor had challenged them to give plus $25.00 more! Never wonder why my sign-off is Soli Deo Gloria!
It really is true – God works through our prayers. Please keep praying and I’ll do my best to share how those prayers are answered.
Soli Deo Gloria!