Shelby G. Floyd
Let us trust God to strengthen us in doing his work. This is biblical from the statements of the inspired writers:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
“For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me” (Colossians 1:29).
“And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might” (Ephesians 1:19).
As Jesus left the earth to go back to heaven he said to his disciples and also to us: “And behold, I am with you always to the end of the age” (Matthew 28: 20). This is a wonderful promise that every child of God who is faithful in serving the Lord should claim.
When Jesus was on the earth he went about teaching in the synagogues of the Jews, preaching the gospel of the kingdom and serving suffering humanity. But he said to his disciples: “The harvest truly is plenteous but the labors are few. Pray therefore the Lord of harvest that he will send laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38). This statement indicates that God is not going to do all the work. His plan is for his people to go and get involved in the work of saving souls, strengthening the saved and serving the suffering.
However, while we are doing all that we can we must still trust God to be with us, to strengthen us and in his providence to open up doors for us to advance the gospel. We must cooperate with the ruler of the universe in order to be successful.
Let all of us in the Lord’s church trust in the mighty hand of God instead of the weak hand of man!
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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142