“What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth…For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”
1 Corinthians 3:5-9
“You are God’s field, God’s building.” The God of heaven takes ownership of you. He personally shepherds your soul and determines to purify you in righteousness, that He may present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy (Jude 24).
All who are called by His grace to follow our Lord Jesus Christ, are purposed to take part in His work. Whether we plant seeds of the gospel or water them, whatever task God places before us, we can faithfully and joyfully join with Him for the sake of the faith of God’s elect, trusting that all growth is given from God Himself.
The effect that this truth has on believers is two-fold, isn’t it? Our hearts are humbled and filled with wonder that God chose to give growth to His truth in our heart, that “God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” when before we were hopelessly blinded and lost in darkness and sin (2 Corinthians 4:6). And we are strengthened to become all things to all people that we might save some, knowing that growth and knowledge of the truth, true light shining in the hearts of those to whom we speak, is entirely the work of the Spirit of God—not owing to our own efforts or ability to save.
Take heart this day, wherever you find yourself. God is not finished with you yet. Pursue Him. Pursue holiness. Endeavor to live in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. This pursuit is not in vain. The Spirit of God will strengthen you for righteousness. Failures will not win. Stumbling is not a revelation that you are without hope. The God whose power is immeasurably great is at work within you, doing what is impossible for each of us—cleansing us of unrighteousness and giving us a pure heart. As you walk with Him daily, joining in His work in the lives of those around you, know that it is His work, not your own. We do all things in His strength, being filled with Him—connected always to His ever-flowing fountain of grace—so that we can pour ourselves out for others and be filled again.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”