Google+ 07/17/13 We Are God's Church!

1 Corinthians 3:7-9

 

 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering.

What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.

The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose.

And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.

For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.

 

There is work and then there is God's work!  Many of us stay busy everyday doing nothing of substance.  Some of us are like the workers that are referred to in Matthew 28:40 when two are working in the field and only one is taken.  Paul is warning the newly-formed church at Corinth that all Christians need to work together for God's good.  Paul says who waters and who plants is unimportant.  Paul could not be more right.  It is true today.  We Christians are prideful folks who want credit for what we do.  We are constantly raising our hand to God and saying "It was me Lord!"  Do we really think God doesn't know what we do and what we don't do?  My greatest joy in the ministry today is watching others serve God in ways they never dreamed they could.  In this case, I usually plant, and everyone else waters.  The "crops" that God is growing in our ministry are amazing!!!  I get all the reward I need from God being in the background doing the planting.  The look on a Christian face when they "water" something new for God is priceless.  As we have discussed intently in the last two weeks, God gives all believers spiritual gifts.  Those gifts are amazing from the beginning, but become unbelievable with God's "watering can!"  For instance, the spiritual gift of evangelism is one that people often ignore, or only discover after years of prayer.  Many people are not comfortable talking about Jesus to others, boldly and directly.  Then comes the "seed" that I plant of doing a free dinner theater show for 900 people.  Our cast and crew "water" the seed and become evangelists right in front of God's eyes.  They don't have to say, "God, look at me."  All they have to do is water the seed and let God produce the fruit, which He is doing by the bushel basket!  Let's learn to work together and take Paul's advice.  It truly doesn't matter who plants and who waters.  Look at the last line of today's Scripture.  If we as churches remember nothing else, we should remember this.  The field is ready for harvest, but the paradox is that we are the field!  It is not the building that is God's church.  "We are God's Church!"