A Simple Thought for the Day, From 1 Corinthians 3:9

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

“Cultivated land”

γεώργιον

1 Corinthians 3:9 “For we are God’s fellow workers, God’s cultivated land, God’s building.”

Are we not God’s fellow worker’s, tilling the land before us? Are we not land which God himself has been tilling to produce fruit of himself from?

We are his field, his land, which he has cultivated to bring us to where we are in life, and we can ruin his work in our lives in a single day, in a single action. As a farmer can stop watering his crop, a child of God can stop growing in Christ. As a gardener can stomp through the garden, uprooting months of produce, so we can uproot the truth of God in our lives, lest we hold fast to the word of life.

Is not God like a gardener or farmer? Did he not plant in us a seed, namely, Christ himself which we know through the indwelling Holy Spirit? We can water this seed. We can water this seed by learning about the Farmer, studying his word, keeping weeds out of his land, serving in his name, and other things he has called us to do.

By watering this seed, the Farmer will produce fruit through us, fruits of the Spirit. We will begin to blossom and this produce will be wrought with the fragrance of Christ. People will know which crop we came from.

Is not the world but a field and we – being God’s fellow workers – are called to till the land, as Adam was called to do so in Eden? It was hard work and toil for Adam, to preserve the land, as it is for us today. We are called to plant seeds of Christ in the world, trusting God who causes the growth, to reap a harvest. We live in fertile, but dry times.

We, this moment, are in an exodus, the second exodus, living between the first coming and the next.

We are living in a different land, but still one needing to be tilled. We are wondering in a different wilderness, but still one with the God who “surrounds his people as the mountains surround Jerusalem (Psa. 125:2).”

Will we meet God halfway, planting seeds of Christ wherever we go, trusting he will cause the growth?

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

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