We Are Laborers Together with God
- Date: July 31, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” (1 Corinthians 3:10)
- From Built By God
God is building His church. The labor is in vain if the Lord isn't building the house. It's about letting God use you. Every generation needs to be full of the Holy Ghost and the power of God. We want to be encouraged that, as God's doing a work, it's a renewing work in you. We're not building on men's foundations. There is only one foundation, and it's built every generation upon the apostles, the prophets, and Jesus the Cornerstone. Zechariah said, "It's not by power. It's not by might. It's by My Spirit, saith the Lord." Where do you think you are in this process? Have we become satisfied with our own ritualistic attendance in church and tithing, or is it renewed? Is it fresh? Do you remember when you couldn't wait to get to the house of God? "Well, it's just not like it used to be. Pastor, you just don't have the anointing like you used to, and the teachings aren't as good." Maybe there's some truth to that, but what have you done to edify the church? What spirit are you coming in to change things? If that's the truth, what would make you think I'm not aware of it and not doing something about it? What are you doing? The reality is that God's building a church. God's building a temple. He's the builder of this thing, and when we realize that, it brings about an encouragement in our hearts. We realize He will be glorified, and His strength is being made perfect in our midst. It's in our weaknesses 2 Corinthians, Chapter 12, says.
We've talked about this community being the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16). God is the Master Builder of this thing, and there is an admonition that's given to us in this third chapter that we have to see. I want you to see that it goes beyond the leadership here, although it's applicable first to us. Read 1 Corinthians, Chapter 3. It would be a great blessing for you to read the whole chapter. We saw in verse 9 that we are God's building. We are laborers together with Him. We are responsible to let Him use us to minister to one another. We are laborers together with Him in building this temple. But this isn't about you. This is about the church, the temple of God, and you are laborers together with God. What we are we to do to help build His church is to edify His church. When you hear from God, how much are you hearing about you, and how much is about the church? When God speaks to you, how much is about you? Are you hearing about you? Are3 you praying about you? How much of it is about the church? What can we do for somebody else's good? How moved we are by others' pains? How excited we are by others' successes?
We are laborers together with God. God's not going to take care of all of the needs in this place without you. We are laborers together with God in our prayers, and we need to be keen to hear and to know the love that He has for every one of us. If we would listen, He would say, "I have a word, just go speak to that person. Don't go preach to them; go talk to them. Go listen." Is there any harder calling than being a listener? There's no input, just go listen to what somebody has to say as they pour their heart out in their war toward righteousness. We have a tremendous family here, but at the deepest part of our lives, many of us are lonely, and we're isolated. Father has something to say about that if we'll listen. As we co-labor with God, listen to the Holy Spirit. He says, starting in verse 10, as you work with God, and as you see yourself as God's building and laborer, "According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is" (1 Corinthians 3:10-13).