God Causes the Growth

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Jesus was a very busy guy. We see this in today’s Gospel reading from Luke 4. He heals Simon’s mother-in-law, He heals all the sick in the town and casts out many demons. When He tries to get a moment alone, the people track Him down and try to prevent Him from leaving their town. But Jesus knows that He has a greater mission. Read about it today.

In the first reading from 1 Corinthians 3, St. Paul kind of scolds the people for following Apollos or Paul. He reminds them that they (Apollos and Paul) are just workers in the Lord’s vineyard. He writes, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth…For we are God’s co-workers.”

There are many ways that we grow in life. Often our growth comes simply with age and experience. But growing older does not necessarily mean growing wiser or growing spiritually. We only experience that kind of growth through God. There may have been others in our life who planted or watered. God’s co-workers. But God is the only one who can truly make us grow. As we grow closer to Him, we grow in the Spirit. And as we grow in the Spirit, we can help effect change in others. We, too, become God’s co-workers. As we grow, we help others grow! Now that’s a God thing!

Father, may we grow closer to you today, as you help us grow in the Spirit. Thank you for the privilege of being your co-worker today. Amen.

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