Daily Devotional for Sunday October 3, 2010
Working Together for God
(1 Corinthians 3:9)
Working together for God. One of the first lessons I learned early in my ministry is that there is no person, NO PERSON, who can do God's work alone. Not only can no person do God's work alone, God never intended for us to even try. God has given each of us unique and special gifts for which to serve Him. Some people are more gifted than others, but there is no one that has all of God's gifts. Some of the most successful sports teams in history have been teams where there were no real superstars, but teams where everyone did their job and played their role. In a movie, there may be some actors that are more prominent than others, but it takes the entire cast to make the movie successful. More than that, it takes the behind-the-scenes people such as make-up artists, set designers, writers, producers, and technical people all working together to make a successful movie. The point I want you to understand is that God's people must work together for significant things to happen in the lives of people.
As an evangelist, it is always a wonderful moment when someone comes to the alter at the time of invitation to accept Christ as their Savior. After one service early in my ministry, there were hundreds who made that commitment, and afterwards I was feeling a sense of personal pride for the souls that had just been won for Christ. Well, the Holy Spirit got hold of me real quick and we had a little meeting. Not quite a woodshed meeting, but close. God showed me clearly that when a person makes that commitment, the evangelist, the one who gives the invitation, is just the last piece of the puzzle. Over the years, many people had prayed for that person. Seeds were planted in many cases over a lifetime by family, friends, Christian media, street preachers, books, articles, and just a variety of ways that God shows himself to this unbelieving world. We often never see the fruits of our prayers or work for God, but our obedience is used as building blocks in the lives of people, that at the right time, at that right moment, are realized, as the Holy Spirit brings it all together in a person's heart and they make the most important decision we can make in this life...by the grace of God and through faith, accept Christ as our Savior.
This ties in with what I am talking about today. We must all work together. We must be faithful to use the gifts God has blessed us with to further His Kingdom. We must use the strengths and gifts of others to see the fruit of our work for God. Here at Liveprayer, we are touching tens of thousands of lives every single day. It takes the talents of the men and women who are on our live video feed 24 hours a day praying for people's needs, giving them hope when they are hurting. It takes our prayer warriors who faithfully pray for this ministry every day, as we are going right into the front door of the enemy's headquarters on the Internet and taking it back for God. It takes the gifts of our technical people to keep the website, the live video, the mailing of our daily devotional, all of those functions operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It takes the Godly wisdom of our ministry team that responds in a personal way to thousands of special prayer requests we get daily via email. It takes the resources of those who God has blessed to support this work and keep it growing. I never forget for a second that God has brought together many, many talented and wonderful people to make this ministry work each and every day, to be a beacon of light and hope to people worldwide. I am in awe of how God has raised up Liveprayer to touch so many lives daily.
My prayer for you is that you never forget that it takes all of us working together to make things work in the Kingdom of God. I pray that you will use your talents each and every day to help further His work at home, school, work, in your church, community, and all the places God has placed you. When God's people work together, there are no limits to what can be accomplished in His name and for His glory!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller