Work. Some people feel like it is a four-letter word. I know, technically it has four letters, but some people do everything they can to avoid work, treating it like the kind of language we don’t want our children to use.

In other instances, we approach work zones with great care—after all these places are marked with warning signs: “Caution: Men at Work,” “Hard hat area,” or the dreaded “hit a worker, face a fine and jail time.” In those cases, the place where the work is to be done is an area of cautious approach.

But what does one do when approaching one of God’s work zones? The ultimate answer is that we should join in the work. And that is what Christ-followers want to do. When we see God at work, though, the best thing to do is to watch for a minute. After all, we don’t want to counteract what He is doing. One of the best approaches to doing any kind of job, is a process that builds responsibility. In some businesses and job areas, workers use the Model – Assist – Observe approach. Here the expert does all the work while the novice watches (perhaps taking notes), then the team moves to doing the same kind of task where the veteran lets the rookie do the work, but steps in to help when necessary. Finally the old hat worker sits back to watch while the newbie takes the reins and does the work. Then they both move on to train more workers.

When we approach God’s task, let us be the apprentice, learning from Him what and how He is accomplishing the work. Then He’ll move us on to the assisting stage. Guess what? He is always going to be there when we attempt great things for His kingdom’s sake!

“The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things the same way.” –Jesus (John 5:19)