MY RESPONSIBILITY AND JOY
FATHER, You were ready to let Your wrath burn hot and consume the Israelites when they built and worshipped the golden calf (Ex 32:1-14), but because You were pleased with Your mediator, Moses (Ex 32:11-13), You turned from Your burning anger and relented (Ex 32:14).
And, how pleased You are with Your ultimate Mediator, JESUS. And, because of His obedience now I, LORD, have the ability to be a suitable mediator (Rev 1:6).
I am Your fellow worker, FATHER. And, the yet-to-be regenerated people around me are Your field (1 Cor 3:9). Just as You sent Paul to people who had not heard, You sent Apollos to build up Your church—both were Your servants, even though You gave each a different assignment (1 Cor 3:5). Paul planted, Apollos watered—but both were Your servants (1 Cor 3:6).
FATHER, You and You only have the ability to grow to maturity each plant in Your field (1 Cor 3:6) but You commission me to tend to Your crop (1 Cor 3:8). You have allowed me to be Your fellow worker (1 Cor 3:9).
You, LORD, surrender Your work into the hands of Your Church; so real is the power You give me, a member of CHRIST’s church, that the number of laborers and the amount of harvest actually depends upon what I do (ref#19, NINTH LESSON).
FATHER, You instruct me to persevere in prayer as You persevere with the Jews who have heard but are presently rejecting yet will someday accept Your CHRIST.
Make it my top priority to sow the Gospel seed, that I may find contentment and joy in watching You gather Your elect.
“The great inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his spiritual creditor. Do I feel that sense of indebtedness to Christ in regard to every unsaved soul” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, July 15th)?
Help me be full of inventions if I can’t get sinners to CHRIST by ordinary means (ref#34, Sept 7th AM). When my child is sick I use all my ingenuity to bring him back to health, disregarding the hazards. I ask for boldness to use extraordinary means to bring the ones I pray for to faith.