As we continue along this journey of life, the number of roles we take on grows along with us. Child becomes student becomes employee becomes spouse becomes parent becomes grandparent…and so on and so forth. But while we may take on a vast array of roles over the course of our lives, the roles listed below make up the core of every believer:
Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. | Philemon 1:1-3
PRISONER. FELLOW WORKER. FAMILY. FELLOW SOLDIER. CHURCH.
FIVE UNIQUE ROLES WITH UNIQUE DEMANDS AND UNIQUE BLESSINGS.
ROLE: F E L L O W WORKER
Do we recognize the other believers in our lives as our fellow workers? Do we realize that this is who we are to other believers?
Each of us has been given a divine purpose by the Lord, for sake of His Kingdom. And as such, He has equipped us with the necessary skills with which to fulfill that purpose. While glorious and beautifully redemptive all on their own, each of these individual purposes come together to create an altogether more beautiful “big picture” that we cannot yet see.
All of our individual talents and callings are actively being mingled together by the Lord to serve a global, eternal purpose that reaches far beyond us.
As fellow workers, we must hold one another accountable and exhort one another to work as unto the Lord in all things. We must fulfill our tasks and joyfully.
Just as we value a positive work culture in our secular jobs, we must value and contribute to a positive environment in our spiritual work.
Christians, this is huge.
This means we must put an end to the gossiping and backstabbing and judging and demoralizing and idolizing and shaming and all the other really terrible things we Christians do to one another.
Yes, we absolutely must hold one another accountable. But we must follow our perfect Savior’s example as we do so. In the account of the adulterous woman in John 8:1-11, the scribes and the Pharisees went away because they realized none of them were sinless, and none of them could cast a stone at the the guilty woman. Jesus, though perfectly sinless, chose to challenge her to a life of godly living instead.
So let’s follow Christ’s example.
Judging our fellow workers is not the answer. Neither is walking away from them and letting them continue in their sin. The answer is accountability. The answer is exhortation. The answer is loving each other despite our shortcomings, in the midst of the work we do for Him, because of Him.
The answer is J e s u s .
And as we work with and care for our fellow workers, we must be careful not to slip into living out a works-based faith. When we are working hard for the Lord, it’s easy for this to set in. If we’re not careful, the details, the planning, and the work itself become more important than the One who enlisted us to this work in the first place.
Being fellow workers for the Lord does not mean our work can replace our relationship with Him. As we work, we must continue to meet with Him—both individually and corporately—so that He can continue to transform us into His likeness, for the glory of His eternal, matchless name.
To God be the glory,
Great things He hath done!
As fellow workers for His Kingdom, may these words be constantly on our lips. May our skills, our talents, our purposes be beautifully mingled together to fulfill the greater purpose He has for the world.