Faith & Life: Are You Interested in a Fruitful Partnership with God?


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Are You Interested in a Fruitful Partnership with God?

Growing in Your Walk with God One Step at a Time

by J.M. Troppello


“The level of trust requisite to a fruitful working partnership with a dog guide is analogous to a genuine relationship with a generative God. Neither is easy, yet both are simple.” – Dallas A. Brauninger

I’d never looked at my relationship with God as a fruitful partnership before. I guess that makes sense. God is guiding me through life like a guide dog directs a blind person. Now, I don’t really want to focus too long on relating God to a guide dog. I have much more reverence for my Heavenly Father than that. However, I do understand the analogy.


Cultivating a deep walk with God is not easy. But it is simple in theory. It takes hard work and discipline. Yet, once you get back into a rhythm with God – that includes daily communion – it is easy.


I, therefore, the prisoner [a]of the Lord, [b]beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; (Eph. 4:1-5, NKJV)

Paul had a 35-year ministry from the time of his conversion in 33 A.D. until he died in 68 A.D. The Bible only records that Paul was in prison 3 times. There may have been other times he was in prison, but they were not recorded by Paul or Luke (who wrote the Book of Acts).


I like how Paul references that he is a prisoner of the Lord. He obviously knew what it was like to be imprisoned. I think it’s interesting that he chose to call himself a prisoner of the Lord. I can imagine that he related that to being held captive by God. In that respect, I can understand being a prisoner of the Lord.


Having a fruitful partnership with God and being a prisoner of the Lord – two things that truly got me thinking today.


I want to have a fruitful partnership with God each day. I want to be held captive by the Lord. I want to walk worthy of the calling with which I was called. This passage from Ephesians 4:1-5 gives me even more to think about.


  • Do I walk with lowliness (humility) and gentleness?

  • Am I longsuffering (patient)?

  • Do I bear with one another in love?

  • Have I been endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace?


Are you in a fruitful partnership with God?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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