Bend-A-Knee Weekly Sermon 04/25/2024

In one of the devotionals, I use daily, I was struck by this phrase: “God is calling you and me to a lifestyle of joining Him where He is already at work” My immediate thought was, where is God not already at work? The devotional writer went on to address my thought: “Foundational to co-laboring with God (I love that phrase and what it implies, being a co-laborer with God, what an amazing thought!) is acknowledging that He is in constant pursuit of humanity. There is nowhere you can go that God won’t be. There is no one you could talk to whom God doesn’t already see, love relentlessly, and have amazing plans for.”

The power of this statement illustrates the vastness of the mission field on behalf of God’s Kingdom. It is everywhere – with your neighbors, your coworkers, your family, your friends, your classmates… everywhere and everyone falls under the perimeters of your mission field. I have often stated that there is no one you will ever rub shoulders with that Christ did not die for on the cross of Calvery. God’s grace is proof of His endless pursuit of everyone. If God is tirelessly in pursuit of everyone, we have no right to pick and choose who we consider is worthy to merit hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, we constantly refrain from engaging in the opportunity of being a co-laborer with God.

Daily opportunities slip to the wayside as we convince ourselves that the prompting of the Holy Spirit we experience is beyond rational consideration. A deed is left undone, a word is left unspoken and God’s Kingdom is not considered as we move forward at breakneck speed to accomplish what we consider to be of great importance.

How many times do you, or have you, if you are retired, complained about your co-workers slacking in their responsibilities? They just do the bear minimum to retain their job and will continually respond to any inquiry about a task asked of them by stating: “That is not in my job description.”

Your work is made harder and others also because of their attitude towards doing their job. Would God think the same thing about you as one of His co-laborers? As a child of God (one who has made a conscious decision to accept salvation available in Christ Jesus) you have been commissioned as part of God’s workforce in Kingdom advancement. Are you, as a laborer in God’s workforce, barely doing anything, making others pick up your slack?

Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you consider your role as a co-laborer with God. Perhaps this thought may propel you forward to take your responsibility seriously understanding how the result of your laziness or unwillingness, has and will continue to, impact God’s Kingdom.

Stay connected to God & to others

God’s Peace,

Pastor Mike

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