Wednesday 31 August 2022
1 Corinthians 3:1-9. Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own – Psalm 32(33):12-15, 20-21. Luke 4:38-44.
Neither the planter nor the waterer matters, only God, who makes things grow
How easily we divide ourselves into tribes. When the Twilight novels hit the big screen fans grouped into ‘teams’ based on their preference of the two male protagonists Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. There was suddenly a preponderance of ‘Team Edward’ or ‘Team Jacob’ hoodies, especially among teenage girls. We’re often being asked to separate ourselves. It can be in fun – beach or forest?, sweet or savoury? – or more divisively politics or, worse, football teams. Paul reminds us that there is no ‘Team Paul’ or ‘Team Apollos’, there is only God. Our preferences form part of the whole. Beach and forest are part of the gift of nature, sweet and savoury are a complete meal, football teams make up the competition, different approaches in politics should come together to benefit the people. Our preferences are incidental as it is only with God that anything gets done. God is the one who makes things grow.