Its off to work I go (II Corinthians 6)

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

Some days it seems that our lives are dominated by work that really seems to be getting us nowhere!  This thought occupied my mind as I recently came to the end of the day and had not accomplished anything I had set out to do.  Maybe this same thought occupies your mind from time to time?

The truth is God intends for our days to be filled with accomplishments that we can feel good about.  Those accomplishments are labeled as “the will of God.”

God’s will is always three-fold:  God intends for us to be saved, sanctified, and serving in Kingdom work.  This is so clear in II Corinthians 6:1-7:1.

This work becomes evident at the moment when salvation is given to us.  We enter into a lifetime partnership of work.  4 point of emphasis leap off the page for me today:

  • Our lifetime of partnership leads us down many unique roads.  Check out Vs: 3-10.
  • Our lifetime of partnership is sometimes limited by our own restrictions.  Check out Vs: 11-13.  As yourself this question: “How invested am I in this partnership?”
  • Our lifetime of partnership cannot be successful if we have other partnerships.  Check out Vs: 14-18.  We cannot be success with God and the Devil both on our team.
  • Our lifetime of partnership must have a distinct look.  Check out 7:1.   Holiness must be brought to completion in the Lord.

Question:  “How do these points of emphasis lead us to be productive in our work in the will of God?  Here is the answer, they lead us to do the following:

  1. Daily we must inspect the quality of our work.
  2. Daily we must set Kingdom expectations before us.
  3. Daily we must severe ourselves from what hinders the work.
  4. Daily must strive to come our Kingdom work in and through the Spirit.

With all of this in my heart and mind I say to you, “Its off to work we go.”

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