by Rev Douglas Brauner
We are not responsible for the growth of God’s Word, He is.
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“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”
1 Corinthians 3:6 New International Version
I can understand how a pine seed would lodge itself in this crack, but I don’t understand how it can start growing here and continue to grow.
We might plant the seed of God’s Word, we might nourish that seed, but it is God who gives growth to his Word. By the power of God’s Spirit we plant and nourish the Word of God among others, but we cannot make it grow.
We can plant God’s Word and nourish that Word in the lives of our closest friends, but we cannot make it grow.
We can plant God’s Word and nourish that Word in the lives of our children, but we cannot make it grow.
The control freak in us wants to manage the growth of God’s Word in the hearts of our loved ones. We want to believe that we can guarantee a faithful result on the other end given certain behavior on our part. The truth is that we can’t control how people respond to the Word of God.
Faith calls us to believe that if we plant and nourish the seed of God’s Word, he will bring the growth even if we never see that growth.
We plant the seed. We nourish that seed. And we wait for the miracle.
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