6 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything,
but only God who gives the growth.
8 He who plants and he who waters are one,
and each will receive his wages according to his labor.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers.
You are God’s field.
God’s building.”
1 Corinthians 3:6-9

 

In the middle of all creation springing to life in my neck of the woods, my morning devotions from First Corinthians 3 seemed to leap to life in front of me.

How amazing God’s Word always is!

Paul is telling the Corinthian Church that he planted seeds (of faith) and Apollos, a fellow worker, watered the seeds! However, no one could for a minute cause it to grow except God. Only God can make things flourish.

God gives the increase, and for that we can thank Him.

Christian workers have varying tasks, and only God can make it multiply for His own glory.

We sometimes think we are the ones who do the work, but that is when we are relying on ourselves and not on God and His strength and favour. When we rest on God for the results, He brings the increase.

We can get frustrated when we want to plant or water and even when we expect things to grow when God’s timing isn’t right yet. Or perhaps that task might be for another person.

As we rest in God as the expert grower, we remain content as He brings the crops, the fields, to fullness according to His will and plan.

As Christians we need not jockey for position as we trust God to be the captain and overseer of all souls.

I love how 1 Corinthians 3:9 expresses the next thought. “We are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. That is a beautiful expression of our duties as written by the apostle Paul but inspired by the Holy Spirit, who led Paul to write the words.

How profound, really. Christians are God’s field, God’s building. We are in God’s pasture and He is our Shepherd. He causes us to grow. He brings in the harvest. Along with this idea we are God’s “building project.”

Since my husband and sons are “builders” and I am a “gardener” this analogy just makes sense.

How is it for you? Can you relate to these beautiful Word pictures?

Perhaps you build with your hands, or with your words, and prayerfully with your heart?

Maybe you are a landscaper, or a greenhouse operator or worker, perhaps you simply enjoy tending to your property, and your flower gardens.

As with me, perhaps you tend to the garden of your family? Much love and watering is necessary for all things to grow lushly. Naturally, when God is the overseer of our gardens, the growth comes from Him. Yes, we plant and we water and we pray for God’s favour! Then next step is then we rest in Him totally for the crop.

In conclusion, may our hearts unite in praise of the greatest grower and builder of all time!

We can trust Him to bring the increase according to His will and plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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