Following Christ in the Work of the Lord
“When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am.”- 1 Corinthians 16:10
Last Sunday, Pastor Mike shared seven points about the Lord’s work from 1 Corinthians 16:5-11. What connection do these points have to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Points #1 & #4 The work of the Lord sometimes requires going, and sometimes it requires staying.
Jesus, who did not take His equality with God to use to His own advantage (see Phil 2:1-11) went. Whether going or staying, obedience is fundamental to doing the work of the Lord.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God [SENT] forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” –Galatians 4:4-5
“For the Son of Man [CAME] to seek and to save the lost.” – Luke 19:10
Point #2 & #3 The work of the Lord requires supporting churches and hospitable Christians.
Christians do very poorly if they do not first think of Christ before they enter into the act of giving. At the headwaters preceding your giving stands Christ who gave all for you!
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” –2 Corinthians 8:9
“For our sake [God] made [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in [Christ] we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
Point #5 God is sovereign over the His work.
Christ provides for us a concrete example of submission to the power and control of God in His life. For the Christian, understanding God is sovereign ought to lead to greater submission to the one who holds all things.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” – John 6:38
“And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”” – Mark 14:36
Point #6 God often opens wide doors to His work
Ushered in by John the Baptist, the greatest prophet who ever lived (Luke 7:28), Jesus stepped into His earthly ministry making bold proclamations of God’s perfect timing—a truly perfect door for ministry.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:15
Point #7 The work of the Lord has many adversaries.
“And Jesus entered the world, to a welcoming throng who responded in repentance and belief. This is to fulfill the prophets who said, “Some in that day will call it the most peaceful transition of power ever.”
Such heresies will never be found in Scripture! Mark’s gospel records not one but TWO demonic encounters of opposition in the first breaths of Christ’s appearing (Mark 1:12-13, 23-24)! How naive are we to think that the Christian life is a joyride on the lazy river.
“[Christ] came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” – John 1:11
“[Jesus said] And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die.” – John 12:32-33
May we be more like Christ as we seek to do His work!