But God Gave the Growth

Just to clarify:
The last post was the intro to our intro and this is the mini big day before the ACTUAL BIG DAY. We won’t officially be posting new content until Sunday, February 3rd. And yes, we realize that’s Super Bowl Sunday, but we hope you spend a few moments in between the game to visit us! In the meantime, we hope this post serves as an “introduction” of sorts…

I Corinthians 3:5-11
I Corinthians 3:5-11 | ESV

“…but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”

It was only recently that I realized how much power words hold. Letters are meaningless, random – until you put them together. Suddenly empty letters become meaningful words. But what happens when you put multiple words together? They hold entirely more value than a single word alone, right? Well yes, in today’s world, more is more and less is less. The idea that “less is more” is virtually nonexistent – we are a materialistic society. More is always better.

Except in this instance. Well actually, saying “this instance” isn’t inaccurate. What I really mean is that this “more is always better” thing doesn’t apply to this Book (the Bible, in case you didn’t catch that).

“But God.”

Have you ever known two words with more power? Every time we see those simple words put together it’s as if something empty and hollow has just been infused with LIFE! When we see “but God” written within these thin pages, we see the outpouring of His glory, mercy, and love upon His children.

In this particular excerpt, we see His glory manifested in those two words. God Himself causes things to grow. As much as we’d like to convince ourselves that growth comes from our careful planting, watering, and pruning, it doesn’t. Growth comes from the Lord.

HE is life.
HE is everything

And then there’s that other word: “but God gave the growth” (v.6). Growth is a blessing, isn’t it? When we were kids, we wanted to “grow up” to be a Doctor or a Fireman. I’m 23 and I still say, “When I grow up…” Weird. I know. It’s because growth is something to be desired. Physically speaking, none of us wants to stay an infant forever. Even intellectually and professionally – we all desire to add to our wisdom and abilities.

This is true of our spiritual lives as well. Growing up, I had a very superficial understanding of who God is. There was no depth to my faith. As time wore on, as trials increased, as victory over struggle became mine, I grew in the Lord. Each of the girls on this team were blessed with struggles that allowed their faith to mature. Now, don’t get me wrong – we are still daily struggling to live for the Lord. It’s a constant battle. But I think it’s important that we understand that growth is a blessing. It’s a gift. He gives us the opportunity to grow in Him. We just have to reach out and take a hold of His hand.

The ten of us? We aren’t anything special and we certainly don’t see ourselves as such. We’re just a group of girls who answered a call on our hearts. We are but servants of the Most High.

We realize that this task we’ve signed up for is not one to be taken lightly. Our prayer in this endeavor is to encourage our fellow Believers in their walk with the Lord, to build upon the foundation that has already been laid out by Christ (v.10-11). We are daily committing this ministry to the Lord because we know that alone, we fall short. We only wish to serve Him with all of our hearts.

As we prayerfully water the seeds that have been sown in the hearts and minds of our readers, we remember that the Lord Himself is the One who gives growth (v.7). As we plant seeds of Love in the broken and lost, we pray that the Lord will breathe Life into their very souls. We pray their eyes are opened to the Truth that they belong to Christ (v.23).

Humans.
We plant. We water.

But it is God who brings Life.

We thank the Lord for this opportunity. We thank Him for using us – simple girls, a bunch of nobodies. And we pray that He guides us in every aspect of Come Awake.

To God be the glory!
Great things He hath done!

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