Did anyone besides me notice there was a lot in I Corinthians about how God’s message is “foolishness” to the world? That’s not what I’m blogging about, but I did make note of it. Something I want to focus on more later. It’s never been truer than it is today, huh? Join us in Word Wednesday and share your favorite verse from I Corinthians in the comments below, then come back next week for a peek at II Corinthians.
I Corinthians 3: 6-9 (NIV)–I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.
I don’t know about you, but I used to feel very guilty about the fact that I wasn’t out on the streets, waving tracts and preaching the Gospel. The fact is, I am not really good at witnessing. I get tripped up so horribly that most people would probably think I was either having a seizure or attempting really bad street mime.
What I am good at is teaching Bible study. I love it. The interaction with others, diving deeper into the Word, digging out God’s little treasures, hearing how God has spoken to others… Now that really lights my fire.
But still… I used to look at others and think I didn’t measure up because I wasn’t evangelizing. And then a friend pointed me to this verse and said, “If we were all evangelists, who would disciple? If we were all out winning people to Christ, who would help them grow after they got there?” Hm. As it turns out, each of us has a role, and as long as we are doing what God calls us to do, we shouldn’t look at the gifts of others and feel like failures.
Is that to say God will never use me to evangelize? Nope. And I’d better be open to it when He does. No saying, “But God, that’s not who I am.” Because He will equip me if He calls me to do that. My prayer for you today is that you clearly see your role in God’s Kingdom… and that you exalt in what He’s called you to do!