Planting, Watering, Harvesting

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

I had the privilege this past Sunday of participating in my first baptism at Yazoo City. A young girl was brought to church, along with her two brothers, by her neighbor. All three of the children have made professions of faith, and I had the privilege of talking to the girl before church and baptizing her at the end of our service, as she and her family have moved to Alabama and it was the last time she would attend church here. One lady brought her to church, others taught her and shared with her, she professed Christ, and I got to be part of it!

After I got home, I scrolled through Facebook, where I often see other pastors celebrate what happened in their worship service each Sunday, as well as church members that post about the service. I noticed a post from someone in the church at Hampton about an individual who was visited during FAITH Evangelism making a public profession. Curiosity grabbed me quickly, so I sent a text to find out a name. It turned out to be a teenager that I had visited numerous times, as well as other members of his family, who was visited the last Tuesday night I was there and has attended church faithfully since then. I immediately thought to myself, “I wish he would have made that decision when I was there,” but it was not in the sense that I wished he was living for Christ earlier. Selfishly, I wanted to be part of what occurred that morning. Then, the Lord reminded me of the verse above and the fact that I was able to participate in a similar experience just an hour before, although I had done none of the work.

The church at Corinth was the picture of dysfunction with several factions. Some people committed to follow Paul, other Apollos, and the really spiritual committed to Christ. Paul points out that he and Apollos were only servants fulfilling the tasks the Lord assigned. One would plant the seed of the Gospel, the other would water, but it was the Lord who brought the harvest.

The key is that each of us have a role to play in the harvest. My years of living in the middle of rice fields in Northeast Arkansas taught me the importance of every step in the process: preparing, planting, watering, fertilizing, nurturing, harvesting. None could be skipped.

Never think that your role in the spiritual harvest process is not important. You might not get to participate in the harvest, but remember, it is not about you! Look for opportunities to plant a seed as you share the Gospel with a friend or meet a physical need of a neighbor. Pay attention to the seeds that need a little water and nurturing, where you get to build upon the work someone did to plant the seed. Then watch the Lord bring the harvest.

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