Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:8-9)
I stepped back and admired our handy work. We had just finished a 12×12 cabin in the woods behind our house. The cabin really had only one main purpose: to build something. It’s amazing how there is this innate compulsion to make something or cause something to grow within all of us. The Apostle Paul recognizes this God given desire and uses the two metaphors of building and planting as it relates to spiritual reproduction. Just as a builder constructs a house or a farmer plants his fields, we are to be engaged in the creative growth process of another human being’s spirituality. Both farming and building take knowledge, skill, and patience. Both are also done better when it is a collaborative effort between several individuals. In fact, when we build or plant something alone the work is harder, slower, and usually incomplete. We need others to join in the work of spiritual reproduction (Ec 4.9-10).
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