Only God Gives the Growth – Thomas Fisher

Posted: March 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

 1 Corinthians 3:7

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”

 During the summer of 2013, a friend and I spent 7 weeks living in a village in Niger, West Africa. Our primary goal during our time there was to assist a church planter by making contacts and sharing the Gospel with people throughout the village. Through God’s grace, we were able to meet and share the Gospel with around 250 people. However, by the end of the summer not a single person had professed Jesus Christ as Lord.

Rather than being discouraged, I took comfort in the opening verses of 1 Corinthians 3. Paul writes to the church in Corinth, placing emphasis on the fact that although we may plant and water seeds, it is “God who brings the growth.” With this verse in mind, I went out each morning to talk to people about Jesus, confident that God was working in ways that I could not see.

People are not are saved by our careful presentations, but rather through “the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). Trusting in God as the author of salvation gives us the freedom to confidently share the Gospel in the face of resistance or lack of obvious fruit. Our joy is found in obedience to Christ, rather than hoping in our own strength to bring people to salvation.

Four months after I returned home from Niger, I found out that one of the men that we had met there professed his faith in Jesus Christ. We planted the seed, the missionary watered it, and God made it grow. Never let your obedience in evangelism depend on outward results, but rather trust in God who can do immeasurably more than you could possibly imagine.

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