In 1 Corinthians, chapter 3, Paul addresses what some had been saying.
Some people were saying, “I follow Paul.”
Other people were saying, “I follow Apollos.”
Both Paul and Apollos were men who were serving God and through their witness, the people believed in Jesus.
He wanted them to understand what was most important, and what was most important wasn’t Paul or Apollos.
Paul speaks to them in this chapter using the example of seed:
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.
—1 Corinthians 3:6
As we look back in our own lives, there have been faithful people who have invested the truth of the gospel in us at various times.
Believing parents and grandparents.
A Sunday School teacher.
A youth director.
A Christian camp counselor.
A close friend.
As time passes and our situations and locations change, God can still take the seed that has been planted earlier and cause it to be watered by others through their investment in us.
All the while, it is only God who is making this seed of salvation and faith grow.
It is by His power and love that this takes place.
It is a beautiful circle of life.
Someone invests in us and we, then, invest in others.
And all the while, it is God who makes us grow….