1 Corinthians 3:9… “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building” (KJV).
Approximately ten years ago, I received an alumni Bible school quarterly news report. It was called Synergy. Up until that time, I had not heard of the term before. I looked the word up in the dictionary and discovered that the word meant “working together” or “laboring together.” The word “synergy” is from the Latin word synergia from the year 1660. The New Testament word is the Greek word, synergos or sunergeo (Strong’s 4903, 4904), meaning “companions in labor, fellow laborers, or helpers with God” (1 Thessalonians 3:2, 2 Corinthians 6:1, Romans 8:28). More recently, a traveling prophetic minister visited the assembly where we attend, and to my amazement, the man started his message with the word “synergy.” It was the first time I heard this word used in a service, so my spirit put on its listening ears. I had kept the word “synergy” in my spirit for years and was watching for further insight. The man gave a great message on working together with God, with many scriptures. These are a few of the gleanings from his message along with some insights the Holy Spirit gave to me.
John 15:14-15… Jesus said, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” (KJV). The Holy Spirit whispered to me, “There is a difference between working as servants and working as friends.” Servants work for God. Friends work with God. Here, Jesus lifted the disciples from the servant level of working for God to a higher level: that of working with God as friends (the synergy level). This is where we should be today. Most Christians are not working with God and their lives show it.
Exodus 33:7-11… “And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp. And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle” (KJV). The friend level is seen here in speaking “face to face.” Notice also the words, “without the camp.” Moses went outside the camp, in other words, away from that which is familiar, away from the routine, and away from the flesh. Moses was working with God and needed a “face-to-face meeting.” Colossians 3:2 exhorts us to “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Set your face to the eternal. Your body will go the direction your face is facing. Jesus set His face towards Jerusalem, and that is where He went (Mark 10:32, Luke 9:51-53). Fix your eyes upon Jesus (Hebrews 12:2-3). Look where Jesus is looking. Look past your difficulties, past your church, and past your favorite ministries. Look to Jesus. Where is Jesus looking today? Look there… look there… look there… look there.
Daniel 2… King Nebuchadnezzar received a dream from God. All the king’s wise men could not give him an interpretation. Daniel was called (vv. 14-28). Daniel and his three friends went and talked with God. They were laborers together with God. In God’s presence, the king’s dream was interpreted. Daniel was wiser than the men of the world because he was “face to face” with God and not the sun, moon and stars. God revealed His secrets to Daniel (Daniel 2:28).
Genesis 41:1-39… Pharaoh received two dreams. The wise men of Egypt could not give an answer so Joseph was called. Joseph was a laborer with God. Joseph was on a friend-to-friend basis with God, and He revealed His secrets to Joseph.
Psalm 25:14… “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant” (KJV). This is the level every Spirit-filled believer should be on–the synergy level, the face-to-face level, the laborers with God level. Mark 16:19-20 reads, “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”
Jesus called His disciples “friends.” Note that Jesus was working with them. We are to carry out the Great Commission working together with Him–the synergy level. Servants work for God and do the things He commands. There’s nothing wrong with that, but God called us to work with Him as friends. James 2:23 and Isaiah 41:8 tells us that Abraham was called the friend of God. Proverbs 17:17 reads, “A friend loves at all times” (NASB). Proverbs 18:24 tells us that there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. In the Song of Solomon 5:16, the bride’s beloved is described, “This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” If you want to be a laborer with God, get far away from the camp like Moses did and seek the face of God. Be one to whom God reveals His secrets. Are you a servant of God? That’s fine and that’s good, but move on with God to the “face-to-face” level.
Synergy of Word and Power
Acts 6:8… “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people” (KJV). Synergy: “the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects” (Free Online Dictionary). Note how faith and power work together…
Grace and peace work together–Ephesians 1:2
Brethren working together–1 Thessalonians 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:2
Faith and love work together–Galatians 5:6
Grace and truth work together–John 1:17
Signs and wonders work together–Acts 14:3
Pastor George Belobaba
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