By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“My job is to plant seeds. God’s job is to grow them.” – Suzie Eller
Do you remember that person who first planted the seed of the Gospel in you? Maybe they didn’t have to say a word, but simply the way that they lived told there was something different about them. Maybe they reached out to you in a time when you were hurting. Maybe they offered you an encouraging word when no one else did. Maybe they fearlessly shared the Good News with you when you’d never heard it before.
Nonetheless, a seed was planted. A brick was laid.
In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul speaks to the church of Corinth saying:
“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.”
Every single day, through our words and actions, we are planting seeds and laying bricks. Sometimes we are planting or building for the first time, other times we are simply watering what someone else has already planted or building on the wall someone has already begun. But, in everything we do, let us work for God to spread the message of Good News to those who may not know.
The foundation of our message is laid in Jesus Christ. That he came to earth to die for our sins and usher in a new Kingdom. He will return and bring that Kingdom once and for all, renewing all of creation and allowing His children to live in Paradise with Him forever.
When you’re standing in line at the grocery store, there is an opportunity for planting a seed. When a new employee enters your office, another chance to set a brick. When an unsaved friend is going through a crisis, a time to water that which had been planted.
All we have to do is lay the brick and plant the seed, God will provide the growth.
Parents: Explain to your children what Paul is saying in this passage from 1 Corinthians. Tell them they need to plant the seed and lay the brick and God will provide growth.