Working together with Him (II Corinthians 6)

“Working together with him, then we appeal to you, not to receive the grace of God in vain.”  II Cor. 6:1

Question, “What is the most exciting thing you have ever done in life?”  Without a doubt our answers will be extremely varied.  If you were to ask my youngest son, he would probably say, “Going to LEGO Fest this past spring.”  If you were ask my father he would without hesitation respond, “Going to work every day.”

My father saw great value and felt great worth as he worked!  This morning I was reminded of the great wealth in working with God.  Our More For Christ readings come from II Corinthians 6:1-18.  Here the Apostle Paul is continuing the subject matter of being God’s Ambassadors (5:20).  We have the honor of working with Christ.  Here is how the outline flows:

1.  The appeal of the gospel, Vs: 1-2

The who work with God understand that we are in the sowing business and God is in the saving business.  I am so thankful to walk with a God who both calls and cleanses sinners from their sin.

2.  The attitude of the gospel, Vs: 3-12

When we have the correct attitude in working with Christ we seek to never place a stumbling block before those who would hear the gospel.  Our lives must be aligned with the gospel.  We also understand that suffering is part of the process of helping people see the gospel and it is a part of the sanctifying of our lives.

At this point Paul will speak to a particular stumbling block in the church at Corinth, Vs: 14-18.  The members of the church were yoking in business and in life with people who had not embraced the gospel.  The attitude and actions of these friends did not reflect the gospel.  Paul’s solution to this problem is found in 7:1

“Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of the Lord.” 

If we desire to work with him we must daily cleanse ourselves from such live and we must commit ourselves entirely to bringing holiness to completion.  Above everything else in my life I am overjoyed in being able to work together with him.

Follow Paul’s teaching and you will find the greatest joy in life is in serving together with Him.

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