One plants the seed, another waters it and some other reaps the fruit of it. This is the philosophy and the system of Jesus Christ.
It may sound strange and found contrary to the logic we know, since the worldly law tells that whosoever sows the seed will aspire for the fruit.
Here we have to understand the idea of Jesus or the Christian philosophy.
Those who study the teachings of Jesus Christ may understand that they are different and contrary to the worldly philosophy. This saying- one sows and another reaps, sounds strange, but it is up to the listeners and followers to decide whether to adapt or reject it. There is no margin for a follower.
Let me take you to one of the fervent followers of the philosophy of Jesus Christ, who is none else than Saint Paul.
While writing to the people of God (Church) in Corinth, Paul said, “Who then is Paul, who is Apollos, but ministers to whom you believed, as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase. So, then, neither he that plants nor he that waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow.
Now, he that plants and he that waters are one and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God, you are God’s cultivated field, you are God’s building.
According to the grace of God which is given to me as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation and another builds on it. But let everyman take heed how he builds upon it.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-10)
Verse: 21-22: “So, let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future – all are yours, and you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.”
Note: Therefore, the cultivated field of God (Believers/Church) is important to the Owner (God), who purchased it for the kingdom of God at the cost of his blood. We are all workers in his vineyard.
It is the Master’s will that the people of God must grow into perfectness. For the perfecting of the people of God (Church), he chooses ministers (workers) to serve them. The workers are there, for the sake of God’s people. They are meant to build the house of God (the church/the people of God) very carefully, since the wages for the builders will be only after testing.
On the basis of all these factors, the servants of God cannot claim the believers of God as theirs. The Church (People of God) belongs to God and therefore, there is no place to claim or to possess them by the ministers any way. There is no place for self-glory. On the other hand, it is a great responsible job. So, nobody should opt it as a profession. You must also know that God selects people for His work. He is the master and authority, who gives wages, awards and rewards.
The Church is His Kingdom on earth: This is a different world, a different kingdom with a different administration; unlike this world. The master of these Churches (people purchased by His blood), is a master who walks in the midst of the Churches. Therefore, His servants are not free. They are observed by Him; how they are preparing them to His kingdom, what they
are teaching and how they are behaving with them and looking after them.
We can understand these things by reading the Book of Revelation where he passed remarks over every Church.
“The Church is the body of Jesus Christ to which he is the head. It means Church is to behave and work according to His will and plan.” But, Grace is given to the servants. In Ephesians 3:8, Saint Paul says – of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which is given me by the effectual working of His Power.
Be serious about the people of God (the church). The church is not ours but God’s. They are purchased by the blood of Jesus. God has arranged us as their Servants or Ministers. In that case, we are only servants but not authorities, Shepherds only but not masters.
CONCLUSION: One sows the seed, another waters and some other reaps the harvest in the field of God for Him. The yield is gathered into the go-downs of the master.
In the same manner, God is free to use someone to preach the gospel of salvation to a sinner unto repentance, and another to lead him to the baptism, and some other to bring him to the experience of the Holy Spirit, and unto the perfecting of the believer God is pleased to give five more gifted servants; some to be Apostles, some to be Prophets, some to be Evangelists, and some to be Pastors and Teachers, as we read in EPHESIANS 4:11-13, for the perfecting of the Saints.
Whoever it is, by the grace of God we are what we are. Though somebody worked harder than others- yet not he, but the grace of God that was with him. By His grace you are given a chance of serving his people. So, there is no place for pride or authority or claim over them. God’s Servants cannot say, “My church” while God himself says, “My church.” ST. Paul while writing letters to churches he addressed-To the church of God in Corinth. (1 Corinth 1:2)
Jesus said, “On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”(Matthew 16:18)
Better serve them with humility like a Good Samaritan, because, one sows and another waters and some other reaps the harvest for the kingdom of God. That is the justified logic of God.
~ Bro. J. L. Benny