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PLANT, WATER, INCREASE
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.__1 Corinthians 3:6__
Because of unconsecrated workers, things will sometimes go wrong. You may weep over the result of the wrong course of others, but do not worry, The work is under the supervision of the blessed Master. All He asks is that the workers shall come to Him for their orders, and obey His directions.
All parts of the work—our churches, missions, Sabbath schools, institutions-are carried upon His heart. Why worry? The intense longing to see the church imbued with life must be tempered with entire trust in God; for “without Me,” said the great Burden Bearer, “ye can do nothing.” “Follow Me.” He leads the way; we are to follow.
Let no one overtax his God-given powers in an effort to advance the Lord’s work more rapidly. The power of man cannot hasten the work; with this must be united the power of heavenly intelligences. Only thus can the work of God be brought to perfection. Man cannot do God’s part of the work. A Paul may plant, and an Apollos water, but God gives the increase.
In simplicity and meekness man is to co-operate with divine agencies, at all times doing his best, yet ever realizing that God is the great Master Workman. He is not to feel self-confident, for thus he will exhaust his reserve force and destroy his mental and physical powers. Though all the workmen now bearing the heaviest burdens should be laid aside God’s work would be carried forward. Then let our zeal in labor be tempered with reason; let us ceaseto do our efforts that which the Lord alone can accomplish. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, 298)
It was Paul who had first preached the gospel in Corinth, and who had organized the church there. This was the work that the Lord had assigned him. Later, by God’s direction, other workers were brought in, to stand in their lot and place. The seed sown must be watered, and this Apollos was to do. He followed Paul in his work, to give further instruction, and to help the seed sown to develop. It is not human, but divine power, that works transformation of character. Those who plant and who water do not cause the growth of the seed; they work under God, as His appointed agencies, co-operating with Him in His work. To the Master Worker belongs the honor and glory that comes with success. ( The Acts of the Apostles, 274)