December 18

The God of heaven is the one who will give us success, and we his servants are going to start building. Nehemiah 2:20 

We are God’s fellow workers. I Corinthians 3:9

That is such a simple sentence: “We are God’s fellow workers.” We often hear that God has no hands but ours; things that He wants accomplished are to be done by us. In this chapter of I Corinthians, Paul writes about divisions in the church, those who want credit for their contributions, or only follow certain leaders. As Paul says, various people may plant the seed and even water it, but only God makes it grow. Our part is important, and working together with God supporting us means much can be accomplished.

There are people close to us that we can reach out with our hands to help very directly. There are people across our world that we can also touch. From donating toys and food to local food shelves and projects, to helping with Global Health Mission or purchasing from the ELCA “Good Gifts list we can help those near us and those far away.

We see people using their feet in a variety of walks and runs to raise money and awareness for many causes. We see people using their hands: preparing food and serving meals, preparing shelters for the homeless in this frigid weather, collecting and distributing toys. We hear the voices, carolers and speakers and authors who listen and send the message of God’s love and caring along to the rest of us.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion
is to look out to the earth,
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now.

St Teresa of Avila

 Lord, I think I hear you saying “Get going!” Thank you for leaders who call us to action based on complete confidence in you, the master builder. Forgive and heal our laziness. Create in us a willing, zealous heart and hands ready to work today. God, through your mighty works you created us, your workers. In all that we busily do to prepare for your coming this Advent season, remind us that our work is for your good and perfect will. Amen 

Chris Gabel