Saturday, March 27, 2021

1 Corinthians 3 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

1 Corinthians 3:6-7

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”

I love how God lets us help Him with things He doesn’t need help with just so we can be near Him and be part of what He is doing! He desires that close, intimate relationship with us so much that He allows us to help Him, when in fact, He is God and doesn’t need our help to do anything!

As I was praying this morning, the Holy Spirit related it to me like this: it’s like a master mechanic and his 7-year-old son working on a car; the mechanic doesn’t need the little boy’s help, but he wants to spend time with him and build that bond, so he allows him to hold the flashlight and get the tools as he needs them! When they’re done, the little boy is excited because he and his dad fixed the car, and the dad is excited because he got to spend time with his son and include him in his work! 

I believe this is an analogy of how the Lord views His work through and around us! He doesn’t need us to hold the spiritual flashlight for Him but allows us and even encourages us to so that we can be part of His work and in His presence!!!

In the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, humans play one part, and it’s not a good one, yet He entrusts us to carry that message to all nations! The most precious gift you can receive in this lifetime is your salvation through Jesus Christ, and God trusts us to be workers in that field!!!! I encourage you to invest in someone’s life today, because Jesus invested all of Himself into yours about 2000 years ago!

2 Corinthians 5:20: We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

I love you all! God bless you!! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, Jesus Christ the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit!


1 Corinthians 3:6-7

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 


As I was laying in bed last night, God brought a question to my mind: how do plants grow? So, I answered, “Food, water, and sunlight.” 


Then it dawned on me. He was showing me that like the plants, we also need these three things to grow in Him, and they are all found in Jesus!


He is the Bread of Life, the Living Water, and the Light of the World! I love the way it’s so complex, yet so simple at the same time! No one wants to get “planted,” but once we break through the surface to the light of day, it will all be worth it! You can’t physically see the grass grow, but don’t mow for a couple of weeks and you will see the change!


We’re the same way. It may not be as quick as I would like it to be, but little by little, I’m growing, and so can you! Growing can be slow, painful, and scary, but we’re not doing it on our own! We have the Lion of Judah giving us everything we need to succeed!! So, let’s let Jesus grow in us, grow through us, and grow on us!


I love you all, God bless you, and let there be Glory to God now and forever!!!!



1 Corinthians 3:11

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

What are you building on? It better be Jesus, or you better watch out, because it’s gonna crumble. One of the first things I found out when I came to know the Lord was that I couldn’t ride someone else’s coat tails into eternity. I thought that since my mom and Jesus were best friends, that automatically got me in. Boy, was I wrong, I quickly learned that the only thing that can save, guide, and protect me is a personal relationship with Jesus.

See, Jesus doesn’t want me to live in the house my mom built on Him but rather move out and build my own house on Him! 

We should learn from those around us how they have built their relationship with Him and then put those things into action!! Our lives with Him can’t be lived vicariously through those around us but through a daily dying to self and rising with Him!

I think about it like this: I have some of the most amazing, Christ-filled people loving on me, and I’m so thankful for each one of you!!! But even if I bottled up all the hope, love, encouragement, and kindness they will pour into me over a lifetime, it still wouldn’t be a fraction of what I feel and receive from Jesus each day! We are just vessels; we’re not the Source. I encourage you to get to know the Source personally and build something that will outlast everything!!!

Be diligent, Be obedient, Be moldable, Be humble, and Be more like Jesus each and every day!!!

I love you all, God bless, and give Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!






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