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. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. – 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
Recently I was sitting with a group of women who had volunteered to be discussion group leaders for an upcoming Bible study. We talked about group management and how to handle the logistics. We talked about different personality types and how to encourage sharing among the group. And we shared our fears – what made us a little timid to step into this role which had very clearly been orchestrated by God for each of us. And then, my dear friend who was leading this group said these impactful words…
“It is not your job to save these women, it is your job to walk alongside these women.”
In short, let God be God and in charge of the things He does, while we bring our various personalities, skills and strengths to the table to serve in whatever way HE ordains. Let me tell you, there is something completely freeing about that truth! It is not my job to save anyone, it is simply my job to point to Christ as often and in as many ways as I can and let Him do His thing in their hearts.
We have seen miraculous growth in some of the ladies who have lived here. We have seen some of them stumble and fall. We have seen some decide Christianity wasn’t for them or decided they were content with the hollow version of Christianity they already had. But I can tell you this, each one walked away knowing Christ loved them and died for them, because we told them. And we weren’t shy about it.
I pray regularly for each girl who has ever slept in one of these rooms here at the house. Some of them will fall deeply in love with Christ as their Lord and Savior. Some might simply acknowledge those weird people who let them stay in their house for awhile and talked a lot about God. Planting seeds or harvesting, we only do our part…the rest is up to the Lord. I am so thankful for that truth! Please continue to pray for us as we learn how best to point to the Lord and to live faithfully in front of these young ladies.