I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 1 Cor. 3:6 KJV
I have a brown thumb for growing things. Can’t do it. My sister, Dot, and our brother, Thomas, inherited the green thumb from our dad. He loved gardening and eating fresh vegetables. My favorite memories from our family garden were the juicy red tomatoes and the steaming yellow corn on the cob, dripping with melted butter.
“Never underestimate the power of a seed.” When we share God’s word with our family or others, we never know if our prayers and efforts will germinate and produce a giant spiritual redwood tree or a little neighborhood bush.
Those who taught Dot in Sunday school knew they were planting God’s word into her heart, but they couldn’t know that Dot would eventually spend years teaching in a Christian college and spiritually mentoring students from around the world. They didn’t know she would then spend twenty-five years as a missionary evangelist in and out of foreign countries. She and her co-worker, Dr. Faye Whitten, spent three years teaching and mentoring students in Ghana, West Africa. They got to see a harvest for the kingdom through their student ministry in several African countries.
Even though I cannot grow flowers or a garden (I even starved a cactus to death), I understand the concept of planting seeds and nurturing souls for the kingdom of God. Sunday school teachers understand. They plant seeds of truth into the hearts of children, youth, or adults.
I’ve planted seeds of truth, and I’ve watered seeds others have planted. When we’ve done our best to model God’s love to others and nurture them however we can, God can bring them into relationship with Him.The Holy Spirit can cause God’s word to penetrate a heart’s fallow ground and bring growth.
Whether or not you have a spiritual green thumb, keep on planting and keep on watering.
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A freelance writer, Phyllis Qualls Freeman has more than four hundred published devotionals and human interest stories, including; Secret Place, Upper Room, Knoxville News-Sentinel and writes for three publishing houses on assignment. She teaches classes on emotional healing and speaks at ladies’ meetings and conferences on these issues. Phyllis leads the prayer warriors for Christian Devotions. Pqfreeman40@yahoo.com