God Has Been Making It Grow

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 pastor.

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….

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Every Plant Yielding Seed

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Sometimes I visit a town about an hour’s drive from our home on Saturdays.

The vintage shops are interesting, as well as the architecture from days gone by.

There is also a nice farmer’s market that sets up in the central area of town.

Many vendors bring their goods to sell and customers abound.

There are choices to be made.

Buy apples and tomatoes?

Buy a pound of chocolate candy from the confectioner’s shop?

Buy pears and avocados or a French roll with cream cheese and sugar icing?

Eating candy and rolls occasionally is okay, but we all need a diet of foods that are good for us.

My preferred dinner out is at a restaurant that serves many salads.

In the Old Testament we find this passage:

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

—Genesis 1:29

There are a lot of nice things to eat that are good for us.

God put them here to nourish us.

So, what does your diet look like?

I know I could do better……

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Planted on Good Ground

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The setting was edge of the Sea of Galilee.

Jesus was telling a story to the people who had gathered there–a crowd so large, He got into a boat to speak to them as they stood on the shore.

He told the story of a farmer.

A farmer who planted seed.

He told of what happened to the seeds after they were sown.

Later, He explained the story He had told to His disciples:

“Listen to what the story about the farmer means.  Someone hears the word about the kingdom but doesn’t understand it. The evil one comes at once and snatches away what was planted in him. This is what the seed planted along the road illustrates. The seed planted on rocky ground is the person who hears the word and accepts it at once with joy.  Since he doesn’t have any root, he lasts only a little while. When suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, he immediately falls from faith The seed planted among thornbushes is another person who hears the word. But the worries of life and the deceitful pleasures of riches choke the word so that it can’t produce anything. But the seed planted on good ground is the person who hears and understands the word. This type produces crops. They produce one hundred, sixty, or thirty times as much as was planted.”

—Matthew 13:18-23

 

What type of seed am I?

Am I producing crops?

Am I listening to hear and understand God’s word to me?

 

 

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