“I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive wages in proportion to His labor. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
It’s no secret that God gives us strength and wisdom, and God has all things in His hands. Yet God has been telling me lately that I play a big role in this. Every inch of my heart is either of God or of the world, and I choose which to follow. If I follow God, the things of the world are bound in my heart, and God’s will is free to reign over me. If I follow the world, God’s will is what I’m binding.
So often, we treat God as statue-like, there to answer our desires, and give us what we want. When we don’t like His answer, we wait til the season has passed and we hear a different one. But that is not the God we serve. The God we serve is never idle, with any area of our lives. With every single part of our heart, and every single area of our lives, God wants to be moving. He wants to guide us, refine us, call us deeper to Himself so that He may provide for us more and more fully, and His will may be manifest over us.
He wants to do all these things, for His will and His path is the best one we could possibly be on. However, in order for Him to do these things, we have to let Him. If we want Him to water the ground we’re on and make it fertile, whether it be growing our relationships or jobs or anything else we have in our lives, we need to plant the seeds so that His water can be put to use. Sometimes He even gives us the seeds; with me, He’s been holding His mirror up to my heart showing me areas that need change. He handed me the seeds on a silver platter; He could not have made it more clear. My job, then, was to plant them and let His water flow forth.
As God is not idle in our lives, we cannot be idle and expect Him to work anyway. We have to take the steps He calls us to take; we have to sow when He tells us to sow. We have to open up places in our hearts when He tells us to. Sometimes this calls for sacrifice and fasting; other times this calls for worship. Either way, we are God’s partners. We are His voice and hands and feet here on earth. It’s an amazing, beautiful, and humbling place to be. So pray into His will today, and take the time to listen to what He tells you. He won’t leave you hanging! And of course, feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know what He’s telling you; I’d love to pray into His will for you!