Read:

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. —1 Corinthians 3: 6-7

Reflect:

Finding discipleship and fellowship can be one of the most beautiful events in our walk with God. Without the preachers who speak right to our hearts, the friends who pray, and the leaders who nurture, our walk would be much less vibrant. I often find myself wondering how these wonderful people can meet me so closely to the place that the world leaves me. These individuals have become friends, allies, and guides in my faith story.

For the people of Corinth, Paul was one of those guides. He planted seeds of faith in their community. Unfortunately, to many, he became the focus. Paul was quick to remind people of exactly where credit was due. No matter how much work he had done, no growth would have occurred without God. God was the source and the foundation.

Godly relationships should always bring us back to our Father. Respect and love for these individuals is rightly given, but the fruits of discipleship and fellowship are products of God’s hand. As our faith grows and our bonds strengthen, God uses our ties to take us further into His will and embolden our walk. We all have the potential to move and encourage others, but we serve as a part of one body; equally important and equally led by the heart and mind of God.

Prayer:

Father, help us to never lose sight of your hand in our lives and in our relationships. When we stop to thank you those who disciple and love us, remind us that you are the root and the foundation for every good thing. Open up our hearts and our lives to others and to Your constant and loving guidance. Amen.

Your Turn:

Who has God brought into your life to disciple or encourage you?

Have these godly relationships prepared you for leading others? 


Kendra Cagle

Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.