“I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It is not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”
1 Corinthians 3:6-7
Today’s verse has a two fold message. The first being that salvation is God’s work alone. There is nothing we can do to make the seed of salvation grow in someone’s heart. Salvation is God’s work alone. He provides the increase. The Holy Spirit is the One who opens our hearts to Jesus Christ and His work of grace. It is the Holy Spirit’s revelation, that we are so loved by God that He sent His Son Jesus Christ for us, that helps us to believe and accept and be transformed by that love.
The second message is that although salvation is God’s alone, we too can partner with Christ to share His message. It is then God’s work to open our hearts to receive it so that the seed of salvation may grow and bear good fruit in our lives. Paul was addressing the issue of fractions within the body as some were following Paul’s teaching, some Peter’s and some Apollos’. Yet Paul was highlighting that they were all working in partnership with Christ to share His message of love however, it is God work alone that makes that seed grow.
Let us not forget the responsibility of sharing Christ with others; but more importantly let us remember that it is God who makes the seed of salvation grow in someone’s heart. We do not need to have a title over our heads to be qualified to share Jesus with others. As Paul said, “It is not important who does the planting or watering.” What is important, is that we allow the work of salvation to be God’s alone, so that He alone can get the glory!