So many things in life require a group effort. We use this technique all the time in sports, work, house projects, and many different day to day settings. In the world when we consider somebody as a fellow worker or employee we see them as somebody who is working with us side by side. People would not call me a fellow worker at Burger King because I have never worked there or helped anybody who does work there.
In the church it is no different. The apostle Paul had many different people that he considered to be his fellow workers. These men did not just wear the name Christian but worked along side of him in the ministry. Paul would not consider people fellow workers in Christ if they did not work. We in the church need to become workers for Christ and help one another out in our pursuit of “walking in the light” or “walking the narrow path”. At the end of Colossians Paul closes out in chapter 4 by describing many of the people who had helped him out either by way of encouragement, delivering a message for him, being a faithful servant, and praying for Him. These are the types of traits we should be showing in our Christian walk.
When people think about you, do they see a fellow worker?
When you examine your own lives, would you want to work with yourself?
We need to be people who are able and willing to work for the kingdom of God and encouraging everyone around us to do the same. In the first three chapters of Colossians we see how we can more easily accomplish that:
Chapter 1: The Incomparable Christ (Christ needs to be our head); Chapter 2: Build yourselves up in Christ; Chapter 3: Put on the New Self in Christ.