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The Fields Are Ready

In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul writes to the church in Corinth and gives them a firm reprimand for allowing divisiveness to creep into the congregation. Instead of working together to complete God’s work, they were picking sides with their favorite church leader:

“For when one says, ‘I follow Paul,’ and another, ‘I follow Apollos,’ are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow” (1 Corinthians 3: 4-6).

Like farmers who help each other in planting and watering crops, Paul and Apollos both played a part in growing the church’s faith. Paul planted the seed of the gospel as he preached, and Apollos watered it with discipleship. Though both men worked hard in their areas of ministry, God did the supernatural work of changing hearts and lives.

Like Paul and Apollos, we have been given fields in which to plant and water the seeds of the gospel. Our “fields” are our neighborhoods, families, schools and workplaces. Imagine the crop that could be produced if Christ followers worked together in these fields, each using the gifts the Lord has given them and giving all the credit to Jesus. Jesus Christ is the name by which we are saved. He must be the foundation of our work if there is to be fruit from our efforts.

As you pray, ask God to reveal the fields you’ve been given and the partners you need to start working with today.

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