Partnering With God
A very long time ago, when the word “Create” passed through God’s thinking, the word “Partner” must have been close behind. This new partnership would require a close relationship, one with an understanding of responsibilities toward one another. The Creator was to have His part, and the creations to have theirs. A team was about to be formed. A winning team.
Those many years ago, when God decided to create mankind, He could have just said, “Let Me see, I think… ten billion people would be a good number for this little planet. Let it be.” But God didn’t work that way. He wanted mankind to partner in this creating process. He made them male and female. The rest is history. A man and a woman had the power to create life—to partner with their infinitely powerful and loving God. This couple could make the decision to have a family—to bring into life a little baby human. But this partnership with God continues.
There is the eternal life that God wanted for all mankind that was disrupted by man’s sin nature. God could have created all mankind to be, and remain, holy as He is holy. But He didn’t. He allowed sin to enter. Then, over the many years that followed, the call went out to have fellowship with one’s Creator. As this call went out to millions upon millions over the centuries, God chose the recipients of eternal life with Him. But He didn’t just say, “You, and you, not you, you, not you, not you, . . .” God’s grace went out to those He chose, but man was to have a part in this process also. God’s chosen people over the years had the responsibility to recognize their sinfulness and their need for a Savior and to respond in faith to the Savior’s call. God designed a partnership in the receiving of eternal life—the indwelling of the Giver of life. God’s Spirit would touch the heart of a person and move them to action—to receive the gift of life He was holding out to them. A new spiritual life would be created.
(Ephesians 2:8,9; Matthew 22:14)
God’s unconditional love was now living within the hearts of believers in Jesus. But this new partnership required man to share this love of God with the world around him, and especially toward other believers. This love requires action, so the new Christian was now ministering to other believers with the love that was now living within him. It is a love that is sacrificial and unselfish—one that considers the needs of others as more important than their own. One that is so unnatural through the eyes of the world around them that it just has to be from God. A love that says to those yet outside God’s family, “I’m sorry, but we’re just different. We can’t help but love one another.” Whether in church on Sunday or in the grocery store on a Wednesday, the love of Jesus now shines through His chosen vessels ministering to the needs of other believers.
(John 13:34; Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 7:12; James 5:16; Philippians 2:3; Galatians 6:10)
This special love within the family of believers is a gift from God, and His plan is for this unconditional love to also be toward those who have yet to see their need for the Savior. To show them that there’s something unnatural within this person called a Christian—just possibly something from God. The unbeliever is drawn toward the believer to want to know more. Whether in a spoken question to the believer in Jesus or only through a warming friendship, the responsibility of being a witness for the Savior is in progress. This winning team is getting larger and larger.
(Matthew 5:16; John 13:34,35)
But there is still another facet to this partnership between man and his Creator. God didn’t need any help in creating the world, and He doesn’t require help in any other part of His work either. But… He still wanted that partnership. He would bring about His will through the faith and prayers of His people. They would pray for His leading in their witness for Him, and He would grant it. They would pray for His perfect will in a matter in their life or for His Spirit to touch the heart of a friend in need of the loving God. With unwavering faith in the One who answers prayer, the answer would come.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
An attitude of constant thankfulness toward God and all He has done in one’s life is an expression of faith. Faith could also be an expression of thankfulness that God is in complete control of an unknown future that weighs heavily upon a believer’s heart. Thankfulness is an important part of this partner relationship. It says, “God, even though I can’t see You, You are a very real and important part of my life. We are partners, and partners for life. We’re a team.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
So much more than religious routines or the long list of dos and don’ts, this partnership with God is a real part of a believer’s day-by-day life. It’s a hand-in-hand closeness. A reminder that we’re family. Maybe it’s a small taste of what heaven will be like.