I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:6)
My son recently graduated from the United States Military Academy. He represents the third generation in the Wood family to serve in the US Army. I can’t even describe the feelings of pride and admiration for my son.
But as a parent there is a temptation to take credit for such an accomplishment. And if you’re not careful others will help you believe this folly. The same is true in spiritual parenting. We can fool ourselves into thinking that our young disciple’s success is about our hard work and discipling skills. But the Scriptures remind us that it is God who causes the growth. Everything we are and have comes from Him and we need to give credit where credit is due.
Part of being a wise master builder is recognizing where the real growth comes from and where all the glory belongs. To God be the glory for our success in helping others become more like Jesus.
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