“I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth” (I Corinthians 3:6 NASB).
Within this text we understand that Paul’s response to the church at Corinth was a reminder to them about humility. He went on to say that neither the planter or the waterer had anything to brag about because it is God who causes the growth of the church. What does this mean for the 21st Century Church? The exact same thing. None of us should get caught up with thinking we are more than we are simply because of what we say or write to people.
Whenever we do what it is we do, we usually do not know if we are planting the seed of The Gospel or watering the seed that someone else planted. Since this is true, we cannot take credit for anyone acknowledging their coming into the knowledge of Christ, because it is not what we do, but what God does–creates a change of heart–within the person receiving the Good News.
This is a passage of scripture (the entire chapter) that many should read, over and over again–especially when they start thinking their church is the only one people should attend. While I believe we certainly don’t need more churches, I would be hard pressed to say that any one church is the only one teaching the truth of God’s Word. There are many people who attend large churches because it is a status statement. There are some who attend small churches because they love the personal attention. Whatever a reason people attend, someone had to say something to create in them a desire to come. Chances are–it was not those in leadership who shared The Word, but someone else and God spoke to the person’s heart and guided them there.
Let’s face it–we are nothing without God. We can do nothing great without God. What we can do is our assignment–with His guidance–never knowing which role we are playing–as planter and waterer and leave the final results up to Him.
We have a job to do, so let’s get it done. Whether you are planter or waterer, you have a role to play in spreading the Good News. Let’s fill up on The Word so we can move out and see the glory of the Lord upon all who are willing to receive.
Father, in the name of Jesus, help us to better understand our role and create a desire in us to do all things with humility, giving You the glory for all we do.