1 Corinthians 3:7 - Patient in the Work.
1 Corinthians 3:7 (NLT) Its not important
who does the planting, or who does the watering.
Whats important is that God makes the seed grow.
Lets say, for the sake of
illustration, that yesterday you told someone about Jesus,
and they blew you off. But then last night, your
words suddenly came back to them like a little
explosion. It was a delayed reaction.
The seeds of the gospel that you sow
today may break ground tomorrow. You just want to
be faithful in getting those seeds out there.
Sometimes thats a full-blown
proclamation of the gospel, and sometimes its sharing
a little bit of your testimony. Sometimes it
may be returning something that was lost with a
God bless you. Or it may be telling someone
whos hurting, Ill remember to pray for
By doing those things, youre sowing
little seeds. Or you might be watering seeds that
others have sown.
Jesus said to His disciples, You know
the saying, One plants and another
harvests. And its true. I sent you to harvest where
you didnt plant; others had already done the
work, and now you will get to gather the
harvest (John 4:37-38 NLT).
Utilizing this line of thought, the
apostle Paul said, I planted the seed in your
hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who
made it grow. Its not important who does the
planting, or who does the watering. Whats important
is that God makes the seed grow (1
Corinthians 3:6-7 NLT).
Conversion is the work of God and God
Yes, Hes looking for laborers in the
field, and every one of us has an important part to
play. Sometimes its a matter of sowing a seed,
and other times its watering a seed that
another person sowed. And sometimes, by Gods
grace, its reaping what others have sown and
watered. But we must be patient in the work of
sharing the gospel. [Greg Laurie from Harvest
Mere infants in Christ 1 Cor. 3:1"9.
Even a child knows what infants are like.
Theyre those tiny people who cry and scream, who
kick their arms and legs without going anywhere,
and who mess their diapers. No, its not hard
to tell a baby when you see"or hear"one.
Its the same spiritually. Theres one
unmistakable sign of spiritual babyhood: worldliness.
Thinking, and behaving, just like the people of this
world who lack the Spirit (v. 3). Here adulation
of leaders, and the jealousy and quarreling
among you, are characteristic of the way
mere men think and act. How utterly foolish to
exalt those who are only servants, when God
is the source of all spiritual growth, no
matter who ministers (v. 6). And then, to quarrel
over which leader is better. Watch out for
spiritual babies. As they kick and yell, they all too
often bruise folks who come too near. And some
spiritual babies never grow up. [The 365-Day
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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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