So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase
1 Corinthians 3:7 (NKJV)
Only the Lord is responsible for working our salvation, our redemption and our liberation because He is "He who can", while no human being is attributed this capacity or potential. Sometimes, quite lightly, we do not hesitate to compare ourselves with men like the apostle Paul, almost as if we were at the same level. Perhaps we do not know that he, for example, traveled during his ministry about three hundred thousand kilometers, all for the drive he had to serve God. This should lead us to reflect on why, instead, we let ourselves be overcome by laziness only to reach the local worship in which to enjoy fraternal communion.
The apostle, in writing to the believers of Corinth, claims that he can not speak to them as spiritual, but as carnal. This is because certain discourses can not be undertaken if the audience lives a life not led by the Spirit. Which of us can be considered such? We are seized by a thousand contingent situations and by the anxieties of life, so much so that we can not rule out that we are carnal. Paul emphasizes the futility of the quarrel born among the Corinthians about their belonging to a servant or to another, this because every person whom God calls is nothing but servant, while He is the One who works, who reaches the hearts and convinces to be sinners, leading to repentance through the Spirit. Surely He will use words of men, but "So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters", since it is God who makes us grow. Consequently, those who want to serve God will not put his name above others, for only one name is under heaven before which every knee will bow and every tongue will confess it: the name of the Lord Jesus. The Church must operate so that Christ may be lifted up, since every time Satan is beaten and with him also our carnality, ambition and presumption.
If on the one hand Paul's concern was on recalling and exhorting not to put faith on men but on God, on the other he underlines how his spiritual edifice is built up through our people who bring to the construction those precious stones, some straw and who stubble. However, beyond what we can do the architect remains the Lord. This would mean that those who externally observe us must see the wise hands of God working on each one of us. What must show is that marvelous work that only He can do. If we want to try to make a comparison with the apostle Paul, then we must also consider ourselves "servants" of Christ and administrators of the mysteries of God. Who serves the Lord serves His church, therefore all tyranny is banished. We are called to be dispensers of His wisdom, His knowledge and revelation, all done in a spirit of service, reminding us that we will have to account for our faithfulness to the end. If we want to serve with fidelity we are called to fight every kind of infidelity because if God is holy we must also be and if he is faithful we are called to be him too.
Weekly Bible reading plan
October 08 Isaiah 30-31; Philippians 4
October 09 Isaiah 32-33; Colossians 1
October10 Isaiah 34-36; Colossians 2
October 11 Isaiah 37-38; Colossians 3
October 12 Isaiah 39-40; Colossians 4
October 13 Isaiah 41-42; 1 Thessalonians 1
October 14 Isaiah 43-44; 1 Thessalonians 2