Verse 2

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10 NIV

My Spirit, My Responsibility (Day 5)

My Spirit and Partnership

I believe in divine partnerships – that God connects people together for Kingdom purpose. Did you know that there are people you are called to do life with and whose destinies are connected to yours?

Do you attend your church because you like the pastor, the worship or the children’s ministry? The best reason to go to church is because you believe God has connected you as a partner. Membership is not about signing a form but about having a spirit that understands the power of partnership and equal contribution.

Partnership makes everyone looks better than they are – “We are better together”. One of the most important partnerships in life is with your spouse, which is why the decision of who to marry is so important. Never underestimate the importance and power of the people God puts in your life. 

In Acts 13:2 it is clear that God set apart Barnabas and Paul specifically to work together. 

“As [the apostles] ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” “

After a while, Barnabas and Saul had a disagreement and ended up going their separate ways, even though God had joined them in partnership. We have no idea what happened to Barnabas after that because the Bible never speaks of him again. Perhaps he underestimated the power of partnership.

Negative attitudes such as pride or unforgiveness affect the way we view the partnerships in our life. I’ve seen people start to feel as though everyone is just living off their gift, thinking everything is about them. Sadly, they found out the hard way that it wasn’t as much about them as they thought. 

Over the many years of Hillsong Church, my partnerships with successive key worship leaders have been vital to the ongoing growth, influence and impact of this ministry. I know that I am better because of them; it would be a great mistake to think that somehow I could have done or continue to do what I do without them because God connected us for a particular time for Kingdom purpose.

2 Cor 6:14 says, “Don’t be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” What does that mean? It’s true we should not be yoked with unbelievers, but even worse is being yoked to an unbelieving believer; that’s the Christian who says, “Oh yes, I believe!” but when it comes to actually trusting God and putting Him first in their life, they are always dragging the chain. 

Who are your ‘them’? When it comes to the partnerships in your life, are you equally yoked? A right spirit towards partnership means that we are in this together. If you understand the power of working together in God-ordained partnerships, you will see His blessing and His Kingdom purpose outworked in your life.

PRAYER:  Lord God, I pray for an increase in godly partnerships.  Bring the right people at the right time into my world for the purpose of fellowship and community.  Give me discernment when it comes to relationships, and may my life and partnerships be a blessing to your kingdom.

My Spirit, My Responsibility (Day 4)

My Spirit and Promotion

Do you get your esteem from what you do? Do you class yourself and compare yourself against other people? Do you think you deserve more respect or more honour?

Psalm 75:6-7 says,

“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. [KJV]”

Promotion doesn’t come from other people or from what is going on around us, it comes from God. Trusting God means we’ll keep the kind of spirit where we can believe that God will open doors for us.

Trying to find our esteem from what we do builds all the wrong things into our spirit. Measuring your life according to what is or isn’t fair is a recipe for discouragement and resentment. “Why them and not me?” It’s the very thing Paul warns us against in 2 Corinthians 10:12-13,

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
Do you judge others against yourself or what you think they deserve? “I deserve to be sitting at the front of the plane, not back here between these two crying babies and this guy with B.O.!” But if God gave us what we actually deserve, we’d all be in trouble!
Comparison is a deadly game you cannot win. You’ll always come second – you can guarantee it. There will always be someone better looking, smarter, more spiritual, or who just seem to get more ‘breaks’.

I remember sitting on an aeroplane one time. Because Australia is a long way to travel from the rest of the world, I had plenty of time on my hands. I started reading my passport and became really impressed with myself as I looked at all the stamps thinking, look at me! I’ve been everywhere! Suddenly I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “Big deal. I’m in all those countries at the same time!”

But by the grace of God where would any of us be? God promotes when He wants to promote. He opens doors when He wants to open the doors. Keep your spirit free from the competitive pursuit of promotion and position. I have learned that if God puts authority and credibility on my life, my title is irrelevant. Honour people because of their value in God, not because of their title. 

PRAYER:  Father God, may I recognise the infinite value that you have placed on me and on others.  Help me not to judge or compare, but to see people and to see myself the way that you do.