Partnering with God

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This week my son generously offered to help me redo my website.

I was reminded of when he was small, and wanted to help. In those days, his help was limited to following my commands: “Hold this. Hand me that.”

Now he’s an adult. He knows what I like. But he also has his own preferences. So my new website design partly reflects me and partly reflects him.

And I love it!

God’s desire was always for us to grow into maturity, moving beyond obedience to commands, and into a true partnership. We learn what He likes, and He enjoys combining with what we like to create realities that reflect both of us.

An example one of my favorite pastors likes to use is King David choosing to move his capital from Hebron to Jerusalem, also called “the City of David.” The Bible never mentions God commanding David to do this—it seems to be of David’s own choice.

However, after David’s death, God reveals to Solomon that He never before chose any particular city, but now He chooses Jerusalem (2 Chron. 6:5-6). So who chose Jerusalem? Looks like they both did!

I’ve felt this partnership with God so closely when writing my novels. Every day before I write, I ask Him to partner with me, and ask Him to inject what He wants into the stories I write. Then I write what’s on my heart, while adding anything I sense is on His heart. The result is writing that goes beyond myself, yet reflects both of us.

I see my wife partnering with God when she serves the street kids and the poor who come to our door. My wife wants to feed them, doctor them and hug them. Then God whispers, How about making birthday cakes for them? Many don’t know their own birthdays. Their lives are rarely celebrated. So my wife lets them pick a day to write on our calendar for an annual celebration complete with a birthday cake!

Could we partner with God each day at the office? We might begin the day praying like this: “God, today I want to get to work early and pray over the office. Help me to be patient with my boss and kind to everyone. How about You? Anything You want to do that I can help with?”

God whispers, Bob was supposed to spend this week on a cruise with his wife. It got cancelled. I’d like to comfort him today. Could you ask him how he and his wife are feeling, and just listen to him for Me?

I believe God not only wants to help us with our good desires, but He’d like us to help Him with His. Then every day becomes a true partnership between us.

Building God’s Kingdom was always supposed to be more than a Father and Son operation. When we partner with God, we take our mature roles in the Father and Sons business.

Published by Jim Baton

Jim Baton (pen name) has spent over 25 years living in the Muslim world, where he’s been involved in a variety of peace and reconciliation activities including interfaith dialogue, training elementary through university students in peace principles, and bringing Christians and Muslims together to pray. Jim's writing, speaking and teaching is helping Christians and Muslims build bridges of understanding, love and prayer both in Muslim nations and at home in America. His novels contain a depth of understanding regarding the roots of the Christian and Muslim conflict, how to bring healing to Abraham’s broken family, how to combat terrorism with non-violence and love, and how to become a true peacemaker.

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