I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. – 1 Corinthians 3:6
Come, Let Us Labor Together!
The mark of any fine-tuned team is the delegation of tasks, and those tasks performed in excellence.
As co-laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9), our ultimate goal is to glorify God – to see HIS glory increased on earth. We all work together towards a glorious harvest of testimonies that honor God and point others to Christ.
Harvest is a process. Some of us are assigned in situations as planters on the front end; others, perhaps closer to actual visible growth, are assigned as waterers.
Let me take a moment to encourage all the Planters out there… listen:
You may not SEE the seeds grow,
but your waterer has your back!
And, if you, Waterer, feel like you’re still watering dirt, never fear! It is God who seals the deal and gives the increase!
I’ll Plant, You Water… You Plant, I’ll Water
Every day, God gives us all the opportunity to plant a seed – to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.
How many of you have talked, and shared, and witnessed to friends and loved ones, but don’t yet see any signs of a single bud from your labor? You have prayed and cried, but still waiting for the bloom to manifest?
As I was thinking about the seeds, for example, that I’ve planted in my children, I randomly felt a prayer in my spirit, “Lord, please bless those who will come behind me and water the seeds I’ve planted.”
God Bless the Waterers
Have you ever thought about blessing God for your waterers? There are teammates who perhaps you’ve never met before that God is positioning right now to confirm a word or a prayer that you’ve offered for someone else!
This is why it’s vitally important for us to love and pray for one another. We are not fighting the good fight of faith alone just because God is with us – but because we’ve got each other!
God Bless the Planters
What an awesome opportunity we’re given as waterers to be good stewards over our teammates’ labor! It’s a mark of trust and maturity when God can assign you the task to water the good works of another to the next level.
Thank God for planters who have checked the soil, and dug deep enough for the seed to take root under adequate cover. It makes the job of the waterer easier when seed actually has a fighting chance to grow.
Who wants to kill a seed because of overwatering, or using polluted water? I believe God’s waterers have actually spent time with God as planters to even know how best to water the harvest.
Trust God’s Timing for Increase
We’re all excited about the harvest. No one labors without the expectation of results!
With every planter and waterer doing their part, our final act of labor is to give thanks for the increase we don’t see YET – knowing God is faithful to give the increase in DUE SEASON.
So, What’s the Play Call?
Be one! Let’s work together in whatever capacity God has assigned us (Romans 12:5, John 17:21).
I’ve got your back, and you’ve got mine. We are one body. Pastor Hezekiah Walker was on to something when he sang, “I pray for you, you pray for me, I love you, I need you to survive.”
The harvest comes when we labor together with God! Let’s appreciate the work of every hardworking teammate.
We love you!