Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 16, 2019

“What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 4:27-30 and John 4:39-42.

“At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”  So the woman left her waterpot, and went into the city and *said to the men, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done;  this is not the Christ, is it?”  They went out of the city, and were coming to Him.

“From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all the things that I have done.”  So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them;  and He stayed there two days.  Many more believed because of His word;  and they were saying to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”  John 4:27-30 and John 4:39-42.

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Like the Samaritan woman, we may not receive full credit and honor for our testimony and for our work (our sowing, so to speak).

“For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’”  John 4:37.

But, we can rejoice together with those who reap that God’s kingdom is growing.

“…  so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.”  John 4:36.

And, as stated in the following Scripture, each (“he who plants and he who waters”) “will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”

Most importantly, God gives opportunity to each one, and God causes the growth.  God should receive the full credit and honor.

“What then is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one;  but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers;  you are God’s field, God’s building.”  1 Corinthians 3:5-9.


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