I bet we have all experienced this feeling. We try to get our family or friends to understand the time in which we live. We try to make them see they need to know the Lord. We try to make them understand there is so much more to this life or more importantly the eternal one We try to get them to realize they need a Saviour. We maybe push too much. Our frustration may begin to show. Do we sometimes act like WE are their hope? If they don’t listen to us then is it all over?
I think we often do that without meaning to. Without realizing we might create more harm.
This scripture speaks to me. It takes a load off my shoulders too. Put my focus back on simply loving the Lord and people and plant a seed and then move along. I no longer need to stand over the seed with my hoe and a water hose waiting on it to shoot up out of the ground immediately before me. How much time am I wasting? I could be planting another seed. We are nothing but servants and the Lord does the important work. Do you think sometimes the Lord wants to say “Enough already. ..move on”?
1 Corinthians 3:5-9
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.
Here Paul describes a co-operative effort, not by the design of men, but that it is God’s design to have them plant and water together. To plant a seed, God must make the soil (people’s hearts) ready and open to receive it. The watering and caring for a seed once planted is something only the power of God can accomplish, and it is an amazing work by done by the Holy Spirit through various avenues. The point is that the apostles are in service to the same God through Jesus Christ, and that these early believers were theirs to care for.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.