Last night, my church had an awesome Bible Study. We read 1 Corinthians 3:1-7. Paul was speaking to the Corinthian church. But what my Pastor wanted us to focus on was this:
Are you a planter or a waterer?
A planter plants the seed. So they introduce people to Christ. The planter “gets the sinner saved”.
The waterer gives the person the necessary tools to grow. The waterer helps to mature the seed. It feeds the person.
So my Pastor asked this question so we would know our role in ministry. We can’t be both because the church is a body. We all need one another to function. The body can’t find function with a bunch of hands or a bunch of arms. (1 Corinthians 12)
So I ask you, which are you… A planter or a waterer? I tell you what, I prayed about my position and God let me know that I am a planter. Once I found this out, I was able to move in my assignment better. Now I’m functioning better for His kingdom.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world? When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world? After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”
1 Corinthians 3:1-7 NLT