My weekend experience enlightened me on all three of the aspects of this verse.
Many of you know that I’ve been God’s delivery girl before, delivering a message, a gift, or an encouragement, but this was the first time I’d dreamed about the recipient before the incident.
I know that when I move/share/act in obedience to God’s Word and His Spirit’s direction, I am doing so as His fellow-worker. (As in 1Cor. 3:6 where one planted, and one watered…” but God was causing the growth.” While I am confident I can do all things IN CHRIST, I know without His power and direction I can do nothing.
Paul, in these verses, called those to whom he ministered God’s field and God’s building. While true, God’s field in my weekend experience was not only the two young ladies to whom I was able to minister with a God-sent gift, but myself as well. The meaning of the word field explains: cultivated – prepared for planting. We had each been prepared for the planting of God’s personal teaching.
The building speaks of a costly building that has been not just purchased, but lovingly restored and specifically designed – as a temple immediately draws one to think of the God it represents.
I am unable to separate these teachings and my experience from Ephesians 2 – especially “ you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
While it is neat to think of being God’s temple, I am reminded that a building is made up of many stones, that it is an honor to be In Christ and to be a part of that building (God’s dwelling place). We are growing together, and being built together in the Spirit.
Even though I have been a believer, a Christian, a child of God – IN CHRIST, for over 40 years, I marvel daily as God directs me to pray for someone, or go to someone on His behalf. (OR sometimes be the recipient of someone God sends to me, or has pray for me)
It seemed foolish that since God had confirmed to me with an inner assurance so many times before at the last moment of ‘delivery’ that this person or that is the one I should share with, that I would be so uncertain this time.
When God told me to put something in my purse for this weekend, I wondered to Him how I would know who it would be for. I felt Him saying you will know by the look on her face. Then I dreamed of the young woman and saw the look on her face. It was the same look, I felt, when I awakened that must have been on the face of the young boy who held out his lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fish on that hill of 5,000 so long ago. It was a look that said this is all I have, but…here.
That morning I was surrounded by women, and one conversation next to me did not register until a young woman turned and said, “This is all I have…” When I looked into her face, and saw my dream take reality, I gasped, “You’re the one!” while quickly grappling in my purse to find the carefully bundled little packet.
I explained as I always do that I’d been carrying something for God that I was sent to give – and she was the one. It was hilarious in a way because it’s hard for the recipient to try to thank someone who is jumping up and down, as excited as they are, to be a part of the mysterious workings of God!
As always the recipient was eager and grateful to hear the message that came with the gift and the focus remained, as it should, on God, the sender, the supplier, the builder.
Together we rejoiced and gave God the glory that he cares for every detail in our lives, and that In-Christ I can say,
I am God’s Fellow-Worker, God’s Field, God’s Building
And some days,
I am also God’s Delivery Girl!