God’s Word contains all you need for a successful Christian life. But it won’t work for you just because you place it on your coffee table. It will never produce for you until you plant it in your heart and cultivate it.
I (Paul) have planted. Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are One: and every man shall receive his own Reward according to his own labor. For we are labourers together with God: Ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
The word “husbandry” in verse 9 is a little bit unusual for us. It is a British term. The Greek translation of this phrase is “ye are God’s tillage.” Again this word might be a little unfamiliar to some people. Other versions of the Bible translate “husbandry” as farm or garden. So Paul was really saying that the Church at Corinth was God’s garden.
Well, that’s true concerning the Church today; we are God’s garden or we are God’s farm. A gardener, or farmer tills the soil, that’s why Paul said, as a co-worker with God, “I planted.” But the seed that Paul planted was the Word of God.
On Sunday, December 31, 2006 the Holy Ghost moved upon Elder Prescod to minister on this marvelous and timely subject. So I am hooking up with what the Lord has started through her, and I’m taking it a little further.
In Luke 8: 5-18, Jesus told the parable of the seed and the sower, and in explaining to His disciples He said, “…The seed is the Word of God” (Verse 11). Now let’s look at this parable in the Gospel of Mark because it gives a little more detail than Luke’s account.
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to so:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
You see, the different types of ground didn’t all bring forth a hundredfold – not even the good ground (Verse 8). I guess that was the best they could do. But, thank God, some did bring forth a hundredfold! It’s up to you to decide which type of ground you’re going to be. It’s not up to God.
I believe God that this series will bring a special blessing in your life.
I once heard it said, “Be a Teacher and Be a Hero.” When it comes to examining the Bible for keys to supernatural increase, this phrase is very clear, “Be a Teacher, Be a Success.” Great leaders don’t hide in ivory towers plotting strategy. They teach by instilling in those around them their ideas and values. This is the approach Jesus demonstrated. He was often called “Rabbi,” which simply means teacher. His effectiveness is evidenced by the success of His pupils. “Be a Teacher!”