Kingdom Work

I am still behind.  These are the notes from 4/22/12

1 Corinthians 3:5-17 (NKJV)

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.  (biblegateway.com)

I.  Working For the Kingdom

We recognize that there are many people working for the kingdom of God in many different ways.  Each person contributing to God’s work in whatever way will receive a reward for their labor.  Even though we work, it is only God who gives the increase.  We should continue to be faithful in our labors, knowing that they are not in vain.

II.  What Are You Working On?

Most of us have jobs where we put in a lot of hours.  We have responsibilities with our family and homes.  We have some free time to relax and participate in hobbies and recreational activities.  In all of these endeavors, we continue to represent Christ.  Our Christian witness is not restricted to the church, or working with specific evangelism efforts.  Our whole life is a witness.  Are we seeking to let the light of Christ shine through our lives?

III.  Are You Tearing Down?

The people of God are called the temple of God.  Elsewhere in scripture, this refers to the individual believer, but in this context it is talking about the gathering of believers, or, the local church.  We must be careful how we speak about the various ministries that God is using to build His kingdom.  It is one thing to debate doctrinal issues.  It is another thing to speak badly about ministers, or ministries.  We need to be careful that we are building up, and not tearing down the kingdom of God.

What is the overall impact of  your life for the kingdom of God?

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