God and People Together (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 177)
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT)
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
God can do anything He desires to do in the world. He really doesn’t need us to accomplish His will in the earth. But He chooses to work alongside humans; He selected us to be His co-laborers. It takes both God and us to produce the good things that God ultimately wants to see done in the world and in our lives. It takes more than one, it takes two — God and people together.
God’s power and provision and an individual’s humility and willing work produce increase and change in the world. Without God we can do nothing, we are nothing. But without our effort and cooperation, God will not accomplish Heaven’s goals in the earth. Not that He cannot because He can, but He will not because He chooses not to do it without us.
This is not to say that God is weak in any way, but He chooses to keep His promises. When He put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He supplied what they needed but He gave them instructions to tend to it. God could have done all the work, but He chose to employ the efforts of His creation in the process. When God provides and we perform, the promise is that whatever comes out of it will be fruitful.
“In looking back over the years we can discover how a red thread goes through the pattern of our life: the Will of God.”
— Maria Augusta von Trapp