by Kathy Matuschka
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I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow (1 Corinthians 3:6).
Are you planting seeds in the kingdom of God? Are you watering seeds someone else has sown? Maybe you’re not sure what you are doing at the moment.
In the western world, if we look at our Sunday morning ‘harvest’ and compare it with the number of people who are doing something else on a Sunday morning, we can wonder what we are doing and what God is doing. Our planting and the watering don’t seem to be producing the same yield as they once did.
In this video, Rev Dr Bob Newton explains how the status of the church in society has changed over recent decades. In short, the church is now the ‘outsider’. This shouldn’t be news to you.
But in a way, this is simply a return to our roots. Consider that 1 Corinthians (and, in fact, the whole New Testament) was written in this same context! Long before the church became the ‘insider,’ God’s Spirit was at work, growing the kingdom of God.
Whether believers were gathered in homes, in secret places like catacombs, or debating in synagogues and other public places, the growth of the church was always God’s work. Today’s text reminds us about this.
Today through the ministries of the LCANZ, seeds are planted and watered within our families and friendships, schools and early childhood services, youth, community and aged-care services, as well as in congregations.
Wherever you are today, that is where God is making things grow – because God’s Spirit is planted within you. Whether you are planting, harvesting, watching the ground for new shoots or somewhere in between, the Lord will make the seeds grow. Keep planting and watering!
God of the harvest, please give me eyes to see and ears to hear where you are at work around me making things grow, and give me the courage to join in, even in fields that are unfamiliar to me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.