“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.”

1 Corinthians 3:7-8 NLT

There are a lot of great kingdom efforts going on in the Mid-South. It’s good to see this awakening of consciousness for social justice and hunger for righteousness. As excited as I am, there is also some sadness because some are still at odds as to who should be legitimized as the leader of all things good.

Last time I checked Jesus sent his disciples out in many different directions with one purpose. They were all legitimate. But even the disciples struggled when someone not from their circle got “too much shine.” Luke 9:49-50 John said to Jesus, “Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn’t in our group.” But Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you.”

If we are fighting for the same thing we shouldn’t be fighting against one another and throwing shade…”They ain’t black enough, they’re too liberal, they aren’t Holy enough…” stop it already!

  1. It doesn’t matter who plants or who waters. The apostle Paul had some different groups who were arguing about who’s movement was most authentic. One group followed Paul and one Appollos. Paul acknowledged, “It ain’t about me.” We are wasting time arguing when the movement is bigger than just one group. One man plants the seed and another man waters the seed. The civil rights movement needed Malcom and Martin. We need liberal and conservative. We need contemporary and traditional. If we have the same purpose we shouldn’t be quarreling. 
  2. God is the one that makes it grow. That’s the only thing that matters. If God ain’t in it, I don’t want to be a part of it anyway! We waste too much time trying to judge the motives of others when the true test is whether or not God is in it. “So my advice is, leave these men alone. Let them go. If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God! (Acts 5:38-39)”
  3. The one who plants and the one who waters works together for the same purpose and both will be rewarded for their work. We are not all called to do the same thing but we are called to do something. When we learn how to be faithful over our “something ” God will reward us for our work.

If we are still quarreling and being jealous of one another, that is a sign that God is not in what you are doing and you’re probably doing it for the wrong reason. We are in this thing together!!

Dear God,

My prayer is that we come together as a united front against wickedness in high places. There are so many poor people without a voice. Help us  to come together and be a voice for the voiceless. Unleash your power as we come together as a unified movement. Bring together all of Abraham’s children so that we can overcome everything that seeks to destroy our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. 

In Jesus’ Name,