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Bible Text: "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase." (1 Corinthians 3:6)

Christian workers have different jobs, and see different results.  But God is the one who gets the work done. When a farmer plants a seed, and waters it, he really does not make it grow.  The miracle of life does that.

All the farmer can do is provided the right environment for growth, and trust in the miracle of life.  We do the same thing in ministering Jesus to other people. Some people are frustrated because they want to water when God has called them to plant, or they want to plant when God has called them to water.

Others are frustrated because they want to make the increase happen, when only God can do that.
Real fruitfulness in ministry happens when we are peacefully content with what God has called us to do.

Christian workers work together, but are rewarded according to their own labour.

How silly to say, “Planting is what is really important”.  Those waterers are really missing the boat.”  Or to think, “Watering is where it’s at.  Those planters better get their priorities straight.”  The fact is planters and waterers are both necessary, both need each other, and both are working towards the same goal. All work together, but each is rewarded individually.

Reward is not given according to gifts, talents, or even success, but according to their own labour.

God has given us the amazing opportunity to work with Him.  We cannot work without Him, and He will not work without us. God wants you as His working partner in Jesus name, Amen.

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