Working with others is an important part of stewardship, and is a concept that we often times forget. We tend to focus on the financial aspect and overlook the need in our Christian walk to help and support others.
In 1 Corinthians 3, it talks about division in the Church. Paul points out in verses 8 -9 “The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers.”
Ellen White writes, “Every act of self-sacrifice for the good of others will strengthen the spirit of beneficence in the giver’s heart, allying him more closely to the Redeemer of the world who was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might be rich.” And it is only as we fulfill the divine purpose in our creation that life can be a blessing to us. (R. & H., Dec. 7, 1886.)
Before Jesus’ death, He had the disciples go out two by two to support one another as they worked together to bring others to Christ. Throughout the New Testament we find that even after the death of Jesus, the disciples continued to work together (Peter and John – Acts 3; Saul and Barnabas – Acts 13; Timothy, Paul and Silas – Act 16) As a church family we need to be good stewards of time in training and supporting other to help in spreading the gospel.
Stewardship Ministry – Sue Ramsey