6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.On yesterday, I was blessed to share my faith with someone who says he does not accept God; the Lord ordered my steps because the conversation not only went smoothly, but uplifting. When asked what his reasons were, the man simply said that growing up he saw so many people going to church, but not practicing what they preach. He went on to state that in the midst of it all he decided to just do his own thing and stay to himself.
7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
Basically, what he saw were hypocrites and this damaged his faith. The very people who were supposed to nurture and guide him discouraged him by their actions. It was an honest portrayal of what he had experienced and my heart went out to him. God ordered my words in how to respond and it was a peaceful exchange of words. I thanked the man for listening. Although this person did not accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, the seed had been planted.
In our Christian walk we must be careful in how we carry ourselves. In many instances, our lives may be the only Bible they’ll read.