WaterersBro. David Chancellor
7/17/2011 6:00 PM
1 Corinthians 3:6-9
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
God is the most important part. Even though we have a part, without God we are nothing. We each one need to be in our place doing our part.
The thoughts for this message came when mowing down corn that had good stalks and few ears. The watering job didn’t get done. The world is in a dry place, spiritually. There is a need of waterers. The water of life is needed on the planting. You can reinforce and build upon what has been preached. People need others to help them apply the word in their lives. Watering is a continual thing.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” If you are trusting Christ, you should be capable of watering. The Spirit should be able to speak through us to the benefit of others. You have both a river and aw ell that can provide water to those around you in need of the water of life. Help water the seed that has been planted. We want to see the planted seed grow and bear fruit.
And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publicly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ.
This is the story of Apollos. He started with only an understanding of the message of repentance. He was taught about the Holy Ghost and received him. When he went on, he helped much those who had believed by grace. He could share the scripture and convince the Jews that Jesus was Christ. He came behind and made a difference.
Help and encourage others to continue. There’s more than just a start. Reinforce what has been established.
2 Peter 2:17-19
These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
This refers to false prophets. He describes waterless waterers. They destroy instead of causing growth. This world has a lot of these. They would leave people in bondage to sin. (v. 19) We’re here to encourage people to do what God says. Encourage people’s faith. The message of the gospel sets people free. Reinforce the gospel by y our life. We want others to put their faith in Christ. Work to refresh others who are going through a dry spell. Our lives should be a blessing to those we come in contact with every day.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.” That is us. We are part of the bride and should say, “Come.” People should know God is working among us. It is up to us that the water of life spill out of us and touch others.
God wants everyone to be saved. We can pray God’s Spirit to move on the community. Use your will to spread some water. Let the gospel shine out through you. Let the river flow out of you. Let God’s spirit work through you.