One of my greatest joys as a husband and father is to work together as a family. There is something about gathering together for a common purpose with your loved ones that just fills my heart with joy. Back when he was a little boy, I would especially get a kick out of my son, Maksim. If I was pulling weeds, he would usually be digging a random hole in the dirt next to me. If I was watering plants, he would be spraying himself in the face with the hose! If I was clearing rocks, he would be throwing rocks back in the spot I had just cleared.

One time, Maksim was helping me wash an old 1975 Chevy truck I used to own. While we were cleaning up the truck, Maksim happened to stumble backward and fell into a bucket filled with cold water. He was so little at the time that he was actually fully immersed up to his chest, and his little body was such a perfect fit for the bucket that he got stuck and it took me several attempts to pop him back out! That was my “little man.” I loved having him there working by my side (and I still do)!

Second Corinthians 6:1 tells us, “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” The Greek word for “workers together” is sunergeo which means to “partner in labor” or “put forth power together.” It’s amazing to me that Jesus

Christ has chosen to work through His people — ordinary, common men and women like us — to reach those who don’t know Him with the gospel and to minister to His church. When the people of God partner in labor, we put forth power together! But notice verse 1 says that we are “workers together with Him.” There is no power or even true partnership between any of us apart from Jesus Christ. He is our power and He is the bond, the glue that holds us together as we work to reach the world for Him.

We’re even reminded in Zechariah 4:6, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” He is the secret ingredient! It’s not our meager talents and abilities that make the difference—it’s His power working in and through us. At best, we’re just humble instruments in God’s hands.

Today, let’s joyfully put forth our best team effort, fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit, compelled by our love for Jesus Christ, and eager to impact those around us for His kingdom.

However, in all things let’s never forget it’s because of the grace of God that He chooses to use us to get His work done. May we never forget that our labor is all for Him, it’s not about us, and we desperately need Him as our most important partner to do it successfully!

It’s a team effort, guys —let’s get to work!

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