This devotional is from the evening devotionals that were used by Nathan Brown and Eric Anderson with the Work & Witness Team in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico in March.
We read in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”
Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles. He was an unlikely eyewitness to the resurrection and one “abnormally born” into Christian service. His special calling might have made him think he was God’s army of one. We often think of Paul as the “Super Christian”.
But Paul knew he couldn’t fulfill his mission alone. So he built teams of fellow workers in every city he visited. While you and I often give thanks for the things God gives us, Paul gave thanks for the people God gave him to further his mission! In our verse, Paul acknowledges that the teamwork of the first century involved not only himself and a gifted preacher, Apollos, but also another indispensable partner: God Himself. God is the master gardener who brings about the incredible growth of His church!
Further we read in 1 Corinthians 3:8-9, “The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose… We work together as partners who belong to God”.
Three men working on a building site were doing the same kind of work. One day, they were asked to describe their work. One said, “I shovel dirt into a wheelbarrow, push it across the site, and empty it.” The second said, "I come to work to make a living, put food on the table and a roof over my kid’s heads. Then I go home.” The third said, “I'm privileged to be building a cathedral.” The first saw work as drudgery; the second as a means to an end. The third, however, had a sense of grandeur and purpose in what he was doing.
Ask yourself today, “What team has God put me on? With whom am I working to further the gospel?” Use this week to get to know those whom you thought you knew well enough just a little bit better. Find out something about those that we are working with from this community. Remember, not even Paul could go it alone.
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:3-5