So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. – 1 Corinthians 3:7
I’m the first to admit that winter is not my favorite season. Some of my friends think it’s the bees knees, but no – not me. I’m simply tickled to see spring peeking around the corner, although here in Kansas we had a remarkably mild winter. I’m not complaining!
There’s nothing like that first time in the garden in spring! Gardening just makes one feel so close to nature and more alive somehow, doesn’t it? This portion of Scripture is not talking about literal gardening though – it’s talking about spiritual gardening.
Who’s doing the planting? All of us, as God’s children, need to be scattering “seed” – that is, sharing our faith, at every given opportunity. It seems when I hear the word WITNESSING, my knees begin to buckle – but if I’m told to share my faith – that’s really more natural and makes me more comfortable. Just tell your story – that’s about it. I was blind – but now I see. That is scattering seed. It’s not complicated – but so often we make it so.
Once seed is planted… who waters them? Well, God sends the right people along to do that. It could be any of us, really. Again, watering seed is like sowing it – you just keep sharing your faith and be there to answer questions, read Scripture, and pray with folks. Sometimes you share and get a door slammed in your face. That’s okay because you did what you’re supposed to do. If someone’s not ready, you’ve still planted a seed. I might add, this is a big reason we should do our best to avoid being a stumbling block to those who are still on the fence. We have to be so careful – we don’t want anything we say or do to be the reason someone does not come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus. I don’t have to remind you what God said about those who are stumbling blocks, do I? No – that’s for another blog post.
Do we make the seeds grow? NO WAY! I can’t save anyone – this blog can’t save anyone. Belief on the Lord Jesus Christ… that can save everyone!!! I pray it does. How different our interactions with one another would be if we were all more kind, gracious, and sweet. It would be so beautiful if every seed would flourish. 🙂