Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? I Corinthians 9:1 ESV
I am God’s workmanship, but He used many craftsmen to mold me. He shaped me under the hands of my godly parents and Sunday School teachers. He used my youth minister at First Baptist Church Orlando to teach me how to share my faith, and the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Florida to develop in me maturity and a heart for the world. He has influenced me under the tutelage of my husband and numerous amazing friends.
This part of being God’s workmanship makes me quiver, because he expects me to turn around and mold others. In I Corinthians 9:1, Paul is reminding his readers that they are his workmanship – Paul’s. Those Christians were the result of Paul’s labor in the Lord.
Certainly, the master craftsman is God Himself. But, Paul was the tool God used to shape those believers. Paul, too, was responsible for the way they turned out.
So, God expects me to join Him as He produces His workmanship in the people who populate my world. He expects, even commands me to disciple my children and younger women. He expects me to teach them what I’ve learned, to point them to Him, to humbly correct them when they stray from the path of faith, just as I myself have been corrected by those who came before me.
Who is in your realm of influence? Who has God given you to mold? The way they turn out may just depend on how well you do the job God gives you.
Let’s join Him in creating masterpieces around us.