Some plant, some water, one Purpose
March 13, 2019
Brodie Croyle, Executive Director
In 1 Corinthians 3:5-11, Paul works to unify the church at Corinth as he tells them, “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. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
Paul reminds us who we are individually and who we are in the body of Christ. Each of us are merely servants working for a worthy King, so that others may come to believe in Him. Our design was perfectly stitched so that each of us would have gifts born of His righteousness which work in harmony with other believers to serve the Kingdom, not for the sake of our own uniqueness, but for the glory of the Giver and the responsibility to point others toward Him. Paul emphasizes our limited mortal bandwidth as he says there is someone who plants and someone who waters as we work together for one purpose. No one person has all of the spiritual gifts as Jesus did, we all serve the Kingdom in different ways. We were created with limits, but God knows none. He alone will give the increase, for His purpose and His glory.
Let’s press on continuing to build on our Foundation for the sake of taking the message of the Gospel to those who need a chance and equipping those who desire to walk their path of purpose in Him.