“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is of YEHOWSHUA HA’ MASHIACH (Jesus Christ).” (1 Corinthians 3:5-11)
The one who plants the Word and the one who waters the Word are both employed by the same God and working for the same purpose. They are ONE!
One’s labor involves the tilling of the soil; the turning over of hard ground. This labor involves a lot of pulling through tough soil with sharp spade-like tools that dig into the earth to loosen it and soften it; preparing it to receive the seed.
Another one’s labor involves cultivating, refining, educating, i.e. watering the seed that was planted so that it might mature and grow. This labor involves different skills than the one who tilled and planted.
However, both are needed to serve and benefit the seed (The Word). But it is neither he who plants nor he who waters that is important in this process. But it is God who empowers the labors of both to gives forth a harvest unto the Kingdom of God.
It Is Only Through The Grace Of God That Both Laborers Serve and It is God Who Grants The Power of Increase.
All Glory Belong To God!