• Bishop Keith Butler

Work While He is Working

Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. (Colossians 1:29)


There is a balance when it comes to God working, and we, His people, working. Many Christians become lethargic and lazy, thinking that if they believe God, they don’t need to work to take action to fulfill God’s will. However, such doctrine isn’t biblically sound. Those on the other side of the fence think they can work with all their energy and ability and accomplish great things without God. The truth lies between those who do nothing with their talents and abilities and those who do everything in their power but fail to call upon God.

Paul was a hard worker. When he wrote, “I also labor,” he wasn't boasting; he was telling the truth. Paul’s statement reveals that work is involved in serving God. Paul then reiterated this fact saying that in his work, he was striving. The Greek word for striving is agónizomai and means to contend for a prize with a struggle. That Greek word was used to describe a professional athlete in the most challenging game of his life.


Paul knew that he needed to put the effort in, but he also knew that his effort was connected to God's power. His labor and striving were productive because God was working on the inside of him.


The Holy Ghost causes you to be able to carry out any assignment God has given you. You have power on the inside of you to lay hands on the sick and see them recover or preach the Gospel with power and authority because you have the power of the Holy Ghost on the inside of you.


The Holy Spirit’s power makes everything you do for God powerfully effective and efficient so that the world around you will see God’s influence on everything you put your hands to.


Practical Application – When faced with a difficult task, make sure that doubt is not the first thing that comes out of your mouth. Say out loud, “I am anointed for this assignment.”


Romans 5:2; Ephesians 1:18

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