1 Corinthians 3:9 (NET)
We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field, God’s building.
Apostle Paul was a tent maker (this made him a builder). He usually built for his clients and received his payment at the end of the project. This was mostly how he sustained himself and paid his bills while ministering the gospel to the pagans.
He used the illustration of building to explain certain truths to the Corinthians. He likened the ministry work he was doing among them to a building project. But just like his building projects, this building was not his own but the Lord’s and he would be rewarded for his work on it.
When he said we are God’s coworkers, he was referring particularly to himself and every other minister of God like Apollos who had ministered and were ministering to the Corinthians.
We would see that he went ahead to explain the part of the building he was responsible for, and how others were responsible for other parts of the building. He left a sublime warning to every other person building among the Corinthians to be careful how they build because just like an earthly builder, they would be judged according to how consistent with the master plan their building turns out to be.
Many people have set out to build for God without receiving a building plan. They build because others are building and cannot build properly because they are not building according to the master plan.
Go into today remembering that we are co-workers for the Lord. We do not belong to ourselves, and the work does not belong to us. At the end of the day, we shall give account for our work and be rewarded accordingly.
Prayer: Ask the Lord to help you build correctly according to His plan.
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