3rd September 2020
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (NIV)
A friend of mine recently gifted me an indoor plant for graduating from my degree. I love indoor plants as they add so much vibrancy and freshness to the home. However, the truth is that I’m not very good at looking after them. Another friend of mine is extremely good at looking after indoor plants, so I often ask for her advice and have her reassure me if they are looking healthy, or if they need some more love.
When I potted the indoor plant that was gifted to me, I was worried as the leaves had begun to droop. The next time my indoor-plant-expert friend came over, I asked her advice. She said that the plant looked happy and it was even growing a new leaf! My friend pointed to the stem and a tiny offshoot was starting to appear. Months later, the new leaf has finally grown and has almost opened all the way up. I basically did nothing (just a little watering here and there) and it grew all on its own! I didn’t have to force the plant to grow or try different strategies, I gave up control and let nature do its work.
This is the same for us. God doesn’t want us to go through life in our own strength or effort. Yes, we have a great purpose in this life and God has called us to do great things, but when we take things into our own hands and try to make things grow by our own might, we leave God our Creator out of the picture. This was never God’s intention. The scripture above says that we are God’s co-workers. This means that we are meant to do life with God, not by ourselves. No matter how hard we strive, ultimately, God makes things grow.
Just like my plant, I did my part to co-work with nature to help it to grow. I watered it and asked for advice when needed, but I couldn’t make that leaf grow no matter how hard I tried – I had to let it grow in its own timing. As Christians, we also need to trust in God’s timing.
Today, let’s trust God again with our situations, as He ultimately makes things grow.