“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9
The people in Corinth were struggling with each other. Each one was stating that their work was greater or who they followed was better. Paul tells them to stop the struggles because they are all working together in the same field.
In the workplace people are often very competitive and territorial. Each person often feels that his job is the most important one in the workplace. This is extremely common with the leaders of the place. A person has made it to a leadership position and feels that he is now the most important person around, that the place could not survive without his work.
This also occurs in the church. The worship leader feels that his position is most important because everyone needs to worship God. The youth leader, because he is raising up tomorrow’s leaders. The deacons, because they are supporting the pastor. The sound technician, because everyone needs to hear the sermon and music clearly. The evangelist, because he is telling the lost about Jesus. And the list goes on.
The thing to remember is that each position is important, from the “lowest” person to the head boss. Each person has their part to do. The work for each one is in God’s field–the earth. They are working on building God’s kingdom. It does not matter if you are washing the toilets, preaching a sermon, or witnessing on the streets, all of it is used together to build His kingdom.
Each person must work together. Take any one person out, and part of the work will not get done. Your job may be to just put in one special screw into a vehicle to make that car, but if you do not put it in, part of it will fall apart when it is driven down the road later.
Seek God as to what you are to do in building His kingdom and then do it with all of your strength. Do not compare yourself to others, or lord yourself over others. Work together as a team, not in a fight alone. Build each other up in Christ Jesus.
I pray today that you will do the work God has for you to do; that you will not see yourself as any more important than anyone else in God’s kingdom; and that you will build God’s kingdom daily.