Partnership in Life and Work
The meaning of 1Cor.12-13 in the context of Union in God's Plan.... Thought for the day about Partnership in Life and Work, if God is to be involved.
In this brief treatise, oh Theophilus, I will endeavor to explain the Truth in practice of engaging God and keeping in His Presence and Grace and Purpose as it relates to plans, or work, or projects construed to be God’s Purpose and pursuit.
So then, since we are “all Baptized by one Spirit into One Body” and the members of the Body are Connected in Truth (1Cor12), we cannot please Father or experience the Spirit’s participation if we function in a “my ministry” or “my pursuit” methodology. “Do we then continue in the flesh what we have begun in the Spirit?”
Whether working in a partnership created by God, or in a project or desire or profession or academic pursuit (whether doing a complex task, adopting a child, moving to another city, trying to resolve a health problem, raising a family, or building a business), consider this maxim….
Verily, unless you wish to lose God’s Presence and Involvement,
ENGAGE and INVOLVE
your partner / partners in your specific Spirit-life endeavor, and the ekklesia as well,
NOT JUST INFORM.
If we move too quickly, or find it a distraction or inconvenient or “forget” to ENGAGE and INVOLVE, rather than just INFORM... God will leave and we will never know what might have Been.
It is clearly an Intentional costly Challenge, but endeavor always to... ENGAGE and INVOLVE, not just INFORM... or less.
Keep in step with the Spirit of Life in this topic of Partnership,
and find His Grace
rather than a mere statistical outcome, and fatigue.
It must be God’s Plan if it is to be God’s Results.
ENGAGE and INVOLVE, not just INFORM.
“My ministry” and “my plan” and “my job” and “my relationship” and “my decision” are all means to the disConnected and unBlessed life of mere humans. Father has Opened MORE to us, if we will be enveloped in HIS Ways to find HIS Results rather than the same of humans and generations.
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.