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ORBIT | WEEK TEN
ORBIT – DAY FIFTY
Hello and welcome to Orbit – the weekday devotional from the youth team at St Mary’s Reigate. And a very special welcome to this – the fiftieth edition of Orbit. If you’ve been with us since the start, you’ve made it through Acts and Romans, and now into 1 Corinthians as we seek to learn from the life and writings of Paul – a man who knew was it meant to follow Jesus with everything in an extraordinary time.
BIBLE READING: 1 Corinthians 3: 6-9
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
There are quite a lot of things in the Bible that you could blink and miss. Extraordinary things that happen, or that someone says, which communicate something incredible and enormous about the entire universe, but which are mentioned it only a few lines. For example, you might have heard the other day that I mentioned that the Bible contains a story about teleportation… If that’s true, then a lot of what we know about science is incomplete!
But, I digress. The point is, there are some massive statements in the Bible which are either so brief or so familiar to us, that we can sometimes miss the sheer awesomeness of what they imply. I think these words written from Paul to the Corinthians contain one such example.
Paul is talking into a church culture which has got a bit sidetracked by the importance and position of its leaders. Some people follow Paul, and others prefer Apollos. Paul isn’t here to make an argument for how he’s the best; instead, he’s trying to get them to lift their eyes to the much bigger story going on behind those leaders. Sure, he and Apollos have done some good work, but that is nothing compared to what God is doing behind-the-scenes.
Here’s Paul’s real point though, and it really is quite an enormous one. Even though God is infinite, all-powerful and all knowing, He chooses to work alongside us and through us to accomplish his purposes. This is the point that I think we need to take a step back from and really hear again. God, the eternal magnificent God, wants to work in partnership with us. Flawed, tiny, vulnerable us. Even those of us who have a great self-esteem would agree that we are insignificant in comparison to his glory, and yet he calls us his co-workers.
God has things for us to do in the world. Creative things, justice-bringing things, good news-spreading things. He could easily do them all on his own, and yet he chooses to do them through us. Isn’t that incredible?
That’s why Paul is frustrated with the church in Corinth, who are squabbling over which leader is best. It’s not about the leaders, or about being best; it’s all about how great, awesome and yet humble God is – he chooses you to work with him in his mission to rebuild the world.
You might want to join me in praying this prayer.
Lord I am humbled by the realisation, not only of how great you are, but of how your grace includes and finds a place for me. You do not simply ask me to follow you, but you have provided a place for me to fit into your kingdom plan. Please show me what you have for me to do today, and interrupt my day with a chance to serve alongside you. Amen
There’s now a chance for you to pray, or listen to God, or simply be still for a few moments.
Each day we will provide you with a simple challenge; something to do which helps you put this little thought into action. Here’s today’s challenge:
Ask yourself the question: where is God already at work in the community around me? Is there a charitable scheme which is already doing good work? Are people finding ways to share the gospel in your School or community? Are there great projects which need help and time and investment? See if there is one way that you could get involved in one of these things. It might mean giving your time, your money, your prayers or something else. Ask God to lead you into a way of partnering with what he is already up to nearby.
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We’ll be back with another edition of Orbit tomorrow. Thanks for taking part today!