Our Part

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.” (I Corinthians 3:6)

Paul made it very clear here just Who was responsible for making the church at Corinth grow: “GOD was causing the growth.”  He alone was responsible for all those who had been saved and discipled there.

But that fact didn’t didn’t mean that Paul just sat back and did nothing.  Paul said he “planted.” And Apollos, another minister who came on the scene later, “watered.” They each spent time witnessing, teaching and discipling, to build the church at Corinth. God cased the growth, yes. But He also used the service of these faithful men to do the building.

We need to realize that the same thing is true in our churches.  None of us can get a “big head” about any successes we experience; GOD is the source of the good things that happen there. But that doesn’t mean that we are to sit back and do nothing.  Just as Paul “planted” and Apollos “watered”, each of us is to be doing our part to be used by God to make His kingdom grow.  What is it that YOU are doing — or should be doing — to “plant” and “water” the work of the Kingdom, that God will bless and use to grow His church?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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