Let God do the work

June 16, 2008

by Rev. Steve Thorson, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato

One morning recently, a few local pastors and I met at a church in the country outside of Cokato.

I was blessed back in the ‘70s by knowing Greg, the son of the then pastor of this rural church. He was the first person to pray with me as a young adult and to lead me to Bible study.

The Holy Spirit continues to work through Greg’s dad’s former church, as He does in all churches where the Word of God is.

Today, after our regular weekly prayer time, the local pastors decided to follow that church’s lead in a project to feed the hungry. It had been proposed to get this project going through the clergy group, but the energy for the project resides in that particular rural church.

So we gave up our idea of doing it through the clergy group and will support that church’s project. Better to follow that lead, accomplishing great things by working together under the direction of the Holy Spirit, than to work hard drumming up several small programs in our own churches.

God works when people are in relationship with one another, especially in local congregations. We ought to be aware of this and share and rejoice in what God is doing among us.

I think that’s part of what it means to “not worry” and instead “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Mt 6). We need to seek God’s kingdom, and God’s righteousness, that is. When we try to do it on our own, it’s not God’s.