Georges River Congregational Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn –
Significant in Christ: Jesus’ Colleagues
After I completed high school, my father had pipe dreams that one day I would be an accountant. Privately, I wasn’t enthusiastic. Perhaps, if I had the developed aptitude, I may have become a lawyer, but an accountant? Um, no.
My father tried to rope me into this industry because he eagerly wanted me to take over his consultancy business. From the ages of 16-18, he had me work with him, an experience that made me eager to leave home! Working side-by-side with my earthly father was meant to be an exciting experience – to continue the business as families did in medieval times – but it was not to be. Mixing work and family, even at the best of times, is like watching two male bulls locking horns in a battle to win the loyalty of a mate.
As Christians, we are called to work with Jesus. If you’ve had an experience of working for a harsh employer, this might actually cause anxiety! But what is that actually like? In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul had reminded the church of its salvation: For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. Instead of us being nailed to the tree for our sin, God nails Jesus to the tree so that we can be God’s righteousness.
But this raises a question: are we saved for? (We know what we’re saved from.) Second Corinthians 6:1 tells us: we’ve been saved to be Jesus’ co-worker. We get to work together with Jesus, like equals! Yet notice that in 2 Corinthians 6, Paul is not writing to someone who is a ‘professional’ ministry worker. He’s writing to the whole church, which tells us that we’re not to be righteous simply for the sake of it; we are saved to work with Him – and to do so collectively. However, we’re not working for a tyrant or a micro-managing weasel. Neither are we working to earn our salvation; it’s our Saviour that we’re working for, who already loves us so much. And what an honour it is! He doesn’t need us, but He wants to work through us. Are you available? Let us be active in praying to God, asking Him to show us what He wants us to do, and then stepping out in faith to do it with His enabling.
God bless, Pastor Haydn.