Planting Seeds in Jesus’ Name
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow.” 1 Corinthians 3: 6-7
Not all stories have a good ending. This, unfortunately, is the reality in which we live. We don’t always get to see the fruit of our labor. I love telling stories of hope and lives redeemed – the good stories, where things make sense and we witness with our own eyes a transformed heart, a vacant life made anew with Jesus. But there are times when we just don’t know what God is up to. These are the times when our faith is tested. Will we be faithful unto Him, even if we don’t know it’s making a difference? Will we generously pour out our time and hearts and resources even though we might never get to see any fruit of our labor?
Several years ago we had an alcoholic mother living with us, and we devoted hours and hours of our lives and resources into her recovery. We thought she was getting better, and she relapsed. On another occasion, we had friends move into our house as Muslims, and they moved out of our house as Muslims. Does that mean our love was null and void? Does that mean our time, energy, and service was wasted? No! Sometimes we see the fruit and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we only get to plant the seed. We become impatient because we want to see the fruit, but it is not up to us. He is the one who makes all things grow, in His time, in His way.
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