1 Corinthians 3:5-9
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
I am not much of a gardener, but we are very fortunate that the previous owner of our house, Betty, had the passion and skill to create a very beautiful garden which we now enjoy. Betty planted and watered, God made it grow, and we get to enjoy the benefits!
Paul uses a gardening analogy in the scriptures here to remind the Corinthian church that every one of us is just a part of the process in building His kingdom. We each have a role to play in the ways that we serve, but the Lord is at the centre of life, bringing His plans and purposes together like a master gardener.
This is both humbling and exciting yet also liberating at the same time. Humbling, because it reminds us that God is in control of the growing process and we are not; exciting because God is gracious enough to allow us to partner with Him in His work here on earth; and liberating to realise and remember that it’s ultimately God’s job to bring His plans to fruition.
I am grateful to be a part of God’s “gardening” work, partnering with Him and others to create something beautiful and eternal for His kingdom here on earth.
Written by Shelley Witt