Working With God in Our Generation

I planted the seed, Apollos
watered it, but God made it grow.
        —1 Corinthians 3:6

Here are two opposite-outcome scriptures.

The first is tragic . . .

“The people worshiped God throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the time of the leaders who survived him . . . Eventually that entire generation died and was buried. Then another generation grew up that didn’t know anything of God . . . they deserted God, the God of their parents . . .” (Judg. 2:7, 10-12 MSG).

The second is triumphant . . .

“[T]he rain and the snow come down from heaven . . . watering the earth and making it bud and flourish . . . so is my word . . . It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa. 55:10-11).

To avoid the first, we must invest ourselves in the second: We depend on God for the harvest. God depends on us for the planting—generation after generation.

The farmer can’t make the crop grow,
but the crop won’t grow without the farmer.

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