1 Corinthians 12:1-12, 1 Corinthians 3:10-16, Being God's servant, Being willing to go, Doing God's Work, Following Jesus, John 15:1-5, Just a cup of cold water, Matthew 10:40-42, Matthew 9:35-38, Praying the Lord of the harvest....., Romans 11:34-36, Spiritual Gifts, What'cha got in your cup?
Bible Ballistics: Vol. 19 No. 16 What’cha Doing With Your Cup???
Just a reminder this morning that God knows where you are and where I am, with all of our circumstances, pains, weakness, sorrow, or confusion, and HE speaks to us; will we but hear and heed what HE has to say! We are called to follow HIM and leave the results and/or credit to JESUS!
“He that receiveth you
and he that receiveth me
receiveth him that sent me.
41 He that receiveth a prophet
in the name of a prophet
shall receive a prophet’s reward;
and he that receiveth a righteous man
in the name of a righteous man
shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
42 And whosoever shall give to drink
unto one of these little ones
a cup of cold water
only in the name of a disciple,
verily I say unto you,
he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Matthew 10:40-42
One of the things that Jesus is telling us here is that none of us minister alone, and sometimes we’re called to be the “water boy” to assist the “prophet” on their way! So, according to Jesus, if we are the “prophet” or the “water boy”, we each have our reward for service to HIM! If we take up our cross and follow Jesus, the work and the rewards are according to HIS call and our willingness to serve, regardless of the task!
What are we doing for Jesus? What has HE called you to be and do? For the “being” must precede the doing, for if I have not yet become a child of God by being born again, the “doing” is our own, and not HIS work. And as we have looked at recently, Jesus makes it clear in John 15, that we must abide in “the vine” to produce worthwhile fruit.
“I am the true vine,
and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me
that beareth not fruit
he taketh away:
and every branch
that beareth fruit,
he purgeth it,
that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean
through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me,
and I in you.
As the branch
cannot bear fruit of itself,
except it abide in the vine;
no more can ye,
except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me
ye can do nothing.” John 15:1-5
What is your source; that upon which you depend for life, hope, strength, and direction? If it’s not Jesus, then our work is of no real value. Paul describes it in the most concise and picturesque way, let’s peruse its truth.
“According to the grace of God
which is given unto me,
as a wise masterbuilder,
I have laid the foundation,
and another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed
how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation
can no man lay
than that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:
for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed
and the fire shall try every man’s work
of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide
which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work
shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved;
yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not
that ye are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:10-16
Just as Jesus told His disciples, and us, in John 15, “for without me ye can do nothing”! Do we really understand what this means? Jesus makes it clear that He has called us to “do HIS work” not our own. We can build with the wood, hay, and stubble, but when put to the fire test, it will burn for it is only that which is of “this world”, in contrast to the mined treasures that God created in the belly of the earth, and they must be mined by our earnest labor in the “field” of God; pursuing the things of God not the things that impress men! The harvest is God’s, and we must labor in HIS Spirit, and HIS power not our own.
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing every sickness and every disease
among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes,
he was moved with compassion on them,
because they fainted,
and were scattered abroad,
as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples,
The harvest truly is plenteous,
but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he will send forth labourers
into his harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38
I find it curious that in this conversation with His disciples, Jesus didn’t say “GO”, but HE said “PRAY” that God, “the Lord of the harvest” would “send forth labourers into his harvest”! The harvest is God’s, and we are to pray that HE will send forth at HIS will, direction, calling and equipping! And my friend, if you decide that YOU want to go “harvest”, you better be sure that it is God’s call and not your own—for HE IS LORD of the harvest, the work, the calling, and the sending; and if you are moved to do a work, you better be praying that God will send forth the right workers for the right job. And that may or may not be YOU.
GOD may be calling you to support the work of those who are sent. We aren’t to run ahead of God but take the cup of water that HE puts in our hand and supply whatever need Jesus places in front of us—with or without the recognition of the world. God doesn’t call the equipped—he equips the called!
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren,
I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles,
carried away unto these dumb idols,
even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand,
that no man speaking by the Spirit of God
calleth Jesus accursed:
and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord,
but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts,
but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations,
but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations,
but it is the same God
which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit
is given to every man
to profit withal.
8 For to one is given
by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith
by the same Spirit;
to another the gifts of healing
by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles;
to another prophecy;
to another discerning of spirits;
to another divers kinds of tongues;
to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh
that one and the selfsame Spirit,
dividing to every man severally as he will.
12 For as the body is one,
and hath many members,
and all the members of that one body,
are one body:
so also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:1-12
While this is a lengthy passage, the main thing I wanted us to see is that the gifts are given by the “Holy Spirit” at His will—HIS choosing—the choice of God The Holy Spirit to accomplish HIS work within and through the body of Christ, the church; one body doing a corporate, yet individual, work of their LORD JESUS! It’s not about ‘me’ or ‘you’—it’s about JESUS, our Lord! What are we doing with the ‘cup of water’ that Jesus has given each of us. Are we so busy doing our thing, that we have missed the “call of God” upon our life? May we do as God told the nation of Israel in the book of Haggai, when they had returned to Jerusalem, “consider your ways”. Maybe we’ll look at that little book soon.
May God speak to our hearts today and open our eyes to see HIS call. May we truly “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers“! May we use our cup wisely and obediently for God’s glory not our own!
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord?
or who hath been his counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him,
and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him,
and through him,
and to him,
are all things: to whom be glory
for ever. Amen.” Romans 11:34-36
Amen and Amen!!!