Have you ever planted a seed?
Paul is a bit fed up with the Corinthians because they were always arguing. They just didn’t seem to be able to agree on anything. Some were jealous of others, and they had created a sort of celebrity culture for their leaders. Some were saying they followed his ways, others rather liked a bloke called Apollos.
The thing is, no celebrity pastor or amazing preacher is really responsible for anyone or anything coming to know Jesus. Everyone who ministers is a servant of God. They might plant seeds, others might water those seeds and try not to kill them off (my gardening skills reach their end point there…) but the only one who can actually make anything grow is God. It’s all about him. And he gives us the awesome privilege of working alongside him.
And then, growth in faith can only really take place on the foundation that is Jesus Christ. Anything else just isn’t quite right. It’s like when you are playing Jenga and someone irritating takes out a crucial block from the bottom of the tower and the whole lot comes crashing down. Our faith is all about Jesus – he is the foundation of all that we believe in.
Paul asks the Corinthians – “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells among you?” You are special, because your whole self is a place in which God can be glorified, because you have the Holy Spirit. Amazing stuff.
Lord God, we thank you that you are in charge of all things. That you alone bring life and growth. And that you have made us to be special through your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Are there any seeds of faith you can plant in someone else today? Or maybe do some watering?