Not everyone has a fireworks, party moment when it comes to their salvation. For some, it is a process of finding and digging and discovering for themselves the things that God has already been working in them. Don’t feel left out if you are analytical and the concept of faith is distant and unnatural. Salvation is for you too. Don’t let the world tell you that your salvation is of any less value if it took you time to discover all the answers you were looking for.
1 Corinthians 3:5-9(msg) Who do you think Paul is, anyway? Or Apollos, for that matter? Servants, both of us—servants who waited on you as you gradually learned to entrust your lives to our mutual Master. We each carried out our servant assignment. I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow. Planting and watering are menial servant jobs at minimum wages. What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God’s field in which we are working.
What a truly beautiful word God gives us in this passage. Gardens, beautiful fields, open and ready to receive God’s promises. One step at a time, a process of planting, watering and caring for. God himself is a fan of process. From the beginning of time He wanted to be in relationship with you. He created the perfect plan to bring us to Him through His son Jesus.
My favorite part of the passage above is the reminder of the role that each of us play in being patient planters of God’s seed. It isn’t about how big and spectacular we can make the salvation experience. We plant seeds by living loving faithful lives. We water the fields by being prepared to feed and answer questions of those who are seeking His face. Then, and only by his grace do we get to see God truly glorified when He changes the lives of those around us.