Since joining the Prayer League, I have understood the term ‘fellow worker’ to mean, in a sense, ‘one who is working alongside us’. It is a term we use primarily to denote a missionary (in part, for security purposes). He is my fellow worker. She is our fellow worker.
This morning, as I read Oswald Chambers, I was again re-oriented.
For we are God’s fellow workers; – 1 Corinthians 3:9
It is not of primary significance that we are fellow workers with one another, for even the world can maintain a similar relationship. We are fellow workers of God! Together, under Him, we serve. Let not our focus fail.
Beware of any work for God which enables you to evade concentration on Him. A great many Christian workers worship their work. The one concern of a worker should be concentration on God, and this will mean that all the other margins of life, mental, moral and spiritual, are free with the freedom of a child, a worshipping child, not a wayward child.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Check this out bro! I remember Pastor Brauer preaching on this once. I wish I knew Greek to better understand this! I think the same word can also be translated “to encourage.”
“The phrases “comes alongside” and “brings us alongside” do special justice to the meaning of the Greek words from which they are translated. They are derivatives of the Greek word “parakletos”, a word Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit in John 14.”
Is that the word used for ‘fellow’ here? I have heard that word before, but can’t remember where it was used beyond a term for the Spirit.
i read this days entry for our devotion at our LWR quilting group last this past wednesday. it also touched me 🙂