“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.” 1 Corinthians 3:6
I recently attended a conference and found myself surrounded by religious leaders and missionaries from all over the world who minister to the displaced and persecuted. They lay their lives on the line each and every day.
But there I sat, an American who had just left her air-conditioned home, enjoyed a comfortable, carb-laden meal of Mexican food, and arrived in her new subcompact vehicle. I slunk into my chair with an overwhelming sense of guilt. What am I doing to advance the Kingdom in comparison to these brave people?
The Spirit quickly chided me. God wants to use you where He has placed you. Let others sow. You are to water through your writings and daily life.
Steven Curtis Chapman sings a song
about doing everything you do during your day to the glory of God, whether your name is on a tag or on the corner office door; whether you are picking up the Cheerios your kids lost on the floor or snatching up high powered deals. No matter your station in life or where you live, you can glorify the Lord in your actions and attitudes.
Strive to “seek first His kingdom and righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) during your day, even when no one is looking. Soon, people will see the difference. It may draw them to the glow inside of you as you realize you are a witness to His way, truth and life simply by being you, His child.
Dearest Lord God, forgive us when we compare our walk and witness to others. Help us to realize we can shine the Light of Christ into our world and all be missionaries, no matter what we do or where we live if we proclaim You as Lord over our lives. Amen.
Are you one who waters (encouraging the faithful) or a sower (spreading the Gospel), or both? Let God use you right where you are. Ask Him to show you your purpose in bringing His love to the world.
Remember: the seeds you plant matter!