What Does 1 Corinthians 3:9 Mean?

For we are God's co-workers. You are God's field, God's building.

1 Corinthians 3:9(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

What joy should fill our hearts and what awe should flood our beings as we contemplate this momentous position into which those who trust in Christ have been placed, for we are fellow-laborers with God, under His employment as He fashions and forms us into the image and likeness of His beloved Son.

We are not co-equal with God. Never! - but together as a body of believers we make up a work-force, labouring in this world to bring about God's fullness in Christ. Each one is given his allotted task in God's eternal plan, although the work of each member may differ. Some sow; some water; some reap; some gather into barns and some pray, but all trust in the Lord of the Harvest, Who alone gives the increase.

But we are not only fellow-laborers with God, but we are also the fruit of His hands and a work in progress. Just as we are called to be ministers of the gospel of grace to others, so we are required to submit to His leading in our lives as we are conformed into the image and likeness of Christ.

He is breaking up the fallow ground within our own hearts and He is sowing His seeds of love and grace; humility; kindness and patience, as He weeds out the thorns and thistles of Self-interest and Self-dependence and replaces it with the sweet nature of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The agricultural metaphor of fertilization and full-fruitage tumbles into the glories of magnificent architecture and a growing building, for the same little flock of God's fellow-labourers are also those living stones that are being fitly built together and raised-up into the superstructure that is the Church - the Body of Christ - the dwelling-place of the Lord of the Harvest.

As God's fellow-workers, let us occupy until He comes to take us to be with Himself. Let us be content in the place where He has planted us, submitting to His refining work in our inward parts, as we labour with our Lord as fellow-worker and as we continue to be fitted together as a dwelling-place for His Holy Spirit.

My Prayer

Loving Father, thank You for the privilege of being used in the world to be a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ and to do the work that You have already prepared for me to do. Root out all that is of Me and replace it with the sweet nature of the Lord Jesus as I carry out the work that You have prepared for me to do, in the power of the Holy Spirit - in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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