Let Go, Let God
"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." I Corinthians 3:6-7
Just last night my wife and I invited over some of our best friends for dinner. I barbequed Chicken Tikka on the grill and my wife put together a few tasty East Indian side dishes. She also put out a bowl of fresh tomatoes. Our friends were amazed when they ate the slices of juicy tomato. They couldn't stop eating them. We probably cut up ten tomatoes last night. "These are all from your tree?" they asked. "Yup," I replied. "I can't believe you grew these yourself," they said. But did I really grow them myself? No. My wife did the planting and I helped with the watering, (and even a bit of the pruning), but if it wasn't for the sun, that plant would have never reached nine feet tall!
When I was a pastor in Trinidad I wrestled with being responsible for our congregants daily spiritual growth. If somebody had a bad week I would ask myself, "What can I do better for them?" I figured that if I had tried a little harder or convinced them a little more then they wouldn't have gone wrong.
One thing that I have learned over the last year is that there is only so much that you can do for others. Some journeys have to be made alone. I cannot walk your spiritual walk for you. It is very frustrating, but beyond planting, watering and praying, what else can I do? Sometimes watching some of my friends is like seeing the movie "Ground Hog" day over and over again. Will they ever learn? I wish that I could just jump into their shoes for a day and fix a whole bunch of things so that their life - then things would be so much better, I reason. But I can't do that.
Can you relate with me? I know it sounds cliché, but you must "let go and let God." As exhausting as it may be to watch, no amount of manipulation on your part is necessary. It's like a Chia Pet, all that you need to do is plant a seed in their hearts, and continue to water. The rest is up to the Lord. For it is God, not us, who makes the garden grow in their hearts.
"The person who does the planting or watering isn't very important, but God is important because he is the one who makes things grow" (I Corinthians 3:7 LIV).
Acknowledge that God is bigger, stronger, and wiser than you will ever be. Though He may use you, He doesn't need you. You need to rely on Him, but He does not need to rely on you. So do what your supposed to do, plant and water regularly. Then rest and let God take care of the rest.
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me for trying to control the spiritual lives of others. Help me to rely on Your Spirit to do the real work in their lives. Remind me when to plant and water. I will let you take care of the growing. I love You Lord. In Jesus name, amen.
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