Who is a Partner?

Author: Wesley Jank
There are two privileges God has given to humanity.

  1. Salvation 

The fact that God had decided in His heart to save people is beyond mind-boggling. The Son of God emptied Himself of His divine nature and became human.

"Instead, He gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!"

He did all of that for the sole purpose of making us right with God.

Salvation is an incredible gift. And it is based upon this FIRST gift (salvation) that God gives us a second.

2. Partnership 

 God's plan for reconciliation (the restoring of the human heart) includes PEOPLE. Think about that for a moment. Out of all the ways that God could have drawn the minds of people, He chose to work through us.

Paul has this to say:

"So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!"  (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Interesting, isn't it?

Humans are so weak. We have endless needs. I mean, here are just a few examples.

  1. Food: humans can last three weeks without food—then they die. 
  2. Water: humans can go for three days without water—then they die. 
  3. Air: humans can last about three minutes without oxygen—then they die. 

What's the common theme here?

It doesn't take much to kill a human. Why wouldn't God send an army of angels? Surely, they would be the more logical pick. After all, they aren't hindered by little details like dying.  

And it seems from Scripture that they don't need to spend YEARS learning a language. (And even if they did, they don't age—so not a problem.)

Instead, God in His wisdom chose you. He chose me.

Weak and fragile people are the vehicles through which this incredible message of salvation is preached. Because it's through our weakness that God is most glorified.

Paul, writing to the Corinthians said:

"So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses...for when I am weak, I am strong."

We have an unbelievable opportunity! 

The Bible could not be any more clear. If you are a born again, Bible-believing, Jesus confessing Christian, then you are God's partner in seeing disciples made, the lost reached, and communities transformed. The only question is, 

Are we willing to walk into this partnership?

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