Bradley Gee, Director of Development & Events
“For we are God’s fellow workers…” 1 Corinthians 3:9a
Have you ever had a scripture just jump off the page at you? I was reading 1 Corinthians this morning and nearly fell off my chair when I got to verse 9. See, Paul is working his way through an argument in which he is trying to convince these Corinthian folk that their “jealousy and strife” are proof that they are still living into their flesh, still engaging in the ways of this world. Despite all this, though, right in the middle of his discourse he throws in this staggering reminder…we are God’s fellow workers. My wife deeply loves definitions, and has imparted that enjoyment to me, so I’ll throw a definition in here, free of charge. Fellow - a person in the same position, involved in the same activity, or otherwise associated with another (emphasis mine). We have an opportunity to be involved in the same activity of God! What an incredible statement to make! As I spend time the first few weeks of 2024 percolating on what works God has for me in the upcoming year, I deeply needed that beautiful reminder.
I’ve been reading Viktor Frankl’s seminal work “Man’s Search For Meaning”, and came across the following quote.
“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself.” (Man’s Search for Meaning, 3rd Edition, Pg. 12…emphasis mine)
What does it look like in 2024 to surrender ourselves to God’s transforming work in ourselves, and in the world around us? As God’s fellow workers, we are called to be about the same work of Christ. What does that look like in your life? We all have been called to attend to a special portion of God’s kingdom. How has God gifted you in such a way that only you can bring light and life into a place of darkness around you? I encourage you to spend some time with Jesus asking those questions as you look forward into 2024. My prayer is that the God of Wisdom & Power would meet you in that time of reflection and offer you a vision of renewal that you can walk into as the year unfolds.
Brad is the Director of Development and Events for Healing Care Ministries, serving in dual functions to help bring our events to life, as well as to build healthy relationships with people interested in advancing the Kingdom through Healing Care's vision. He brings a wide array of experience to the team, having worked as a wedding coordinator, hospice chaplain, church planter, and a plethora of other jobs! Brad is most interested in seeing people discover the beautiful life that Jesus has for them, unmarked by shame and hiding. He and his wife, Haylee, live in Delaware, Ohio, with their two beautiful daughters and a miniature schnauzer.