Planting and Watering

1 Corinthians 3:6

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

Each of us has our own story of how we came to Christ.  It may have been through the work of a pastor or Sunday school teacher; or it might have been a friend or family member who invited us to church.

Odds are that many people were influential not just on our decision to come to Christ but also for our spiritual growth.  When Paul left the Corinthian church he was closely followed by Apollos.  Apollos built on the work of Paul.

Our natural inclination is to get jealous of someone who receives the glory for building on the hard work that we already did.  It’s seems unfair when someone else gets all of the credit when they only did part of the work.  Paul had no such concern about his work however.  He was just a simple laborer and whatever growth happened was for God’s glory; it didn’t matter who received the credit for it.

When we are working to help others mature in Christ, we shouldn’t be concerned who receives the credit or who ultimately benefits from the fruits of the labor.  We labor for God and the fruit that is bore is ultimately for His benefit.  When God receives the glory, that is far more important than if we’re recognized for our contributions.  God knows the score and we won’t be overlooked in the end.

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