Nathan Schneider

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Working with God

Originally posted on Fishers of Men:

Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” –John 5:17

What if you knew that everyone you came in contact with today had just had a conversation with your best friend minutes prior to seeing you?  Would you want to strike up a conversation with them?  What would you talk about?  I would imagine that most of us would be excited to start a conversation and quickly begin talking about the mutual friend you hold so dear.  I imagine one of the reasons why we take so much delight in having conversations; even with complete strangers, about people or places that are so dear to our hearts is because we love to be reminded of those things that bring us joy.  Maybe this is why parents are so quick to reveal a picture of their child to someone who they’ve never met before.

I wish I had an urgency to talk about Jesus in the same way.  Jesus told others that He and His Father were always working.  We may not know exactly where and when, but we know that God is working in the lives of those around us.  They might not have had a conversation with Him that morning, but they may be searching, wondering.  God may be speaking to them through various life circumstances.  However, our mission is not to determine where people are spiritually, but to proclaim the good news of the Best Friend we hold so dear.

This is our purpose as followers of Christ and “fishers of men.”  The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).  In other words, we have tasted the greatness of God’s grace and He has now called us to go and talk about it with others.