“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. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
I knew in my heart I shouldn’t be concerned about whether the conference had an impact on anyone else. That was for God to know. My job had been to be faithful to the call to help organize the conference. God’s job was to use the conference for whatever impact He intended.
Still, my human heart wanted to know; wanted some affirmation. Two years after the start of this journey, I finally got my answer.
We were in a small group, sharing the stories and timelines of our faith journey. She was describing a key turning point in her journey, the point where her faith took a significant turn and she began to renew and deepen her faith. This new friend explained how she’d been at that women’s conference and heard one of the speakers talking about her faith journey. She didn’t remember who the speaker was, but went on to describe key points from the speaker’s story. How all of a sudden, it was like those words were spoken just for her.
Have you ever had that experience – where suddenly you feel as if you’re the only one in the room and the words being spoken or the words on the page are directed at you alone? Those moments where God is making a point and wants to make sure you don’t miss it? She had that moment the night of the conference — and I was having it now!
As she described the part of the conference that spoke to her the most, I realized it was my part, my story. I did have an impact, my story did resonate with someone! Wow! My heart did cartwheels the rest of the night.
I’m not sure I heard anything else that night in our small group, but I walked away grateful to God for giving me that peek into His results.
I was just the laborer who planted the seed, someone else watered it and God made it grow.
My job, your job, is to keep laboring as the Holy Spirit directs – planting seeds, watering and tending those seeds. Let God worry about the end results, the size and timing of the harvest.
I can assure you the impact wasn’t due to the way I wrote my story or how I delivered it – only that I stepped forward and spoke. God was able to use even my amateur speaking, simply because I said “yes” to try.
When we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, we will make an impact. An impact on our own lives. An impact on someone else’s life. An impact in the world.
Doesn’t that make you want to jump in? Take a chance and let the Holy Spirit work through you? See how He can transform you and transform others through your actions?
“Humanity is like an enormous spider web, so that if you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling… As we move around this world and as we act with kindness, perhaps, or with indifference, or with hostility, toward the people we meet, we too are setting the great spider web a-tremble. The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt. Our lives are linked together. No one is an island.” ~Frederick Buechner
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This series will look at topics such as:
– Inviting the Holy Spirit to begin working within us
– How to listen for the Holy Spirit
– What it means to obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit
– How obedience is linked to trust
– How the Holy Spirit equips us, even when we don’t feel qualified
– What impact we can have in the world when we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit
Beth Willis Miller says
Kathryn, love this post…it’s all a work of the Holy Spirit flowing through us, but oh! those ah-ha moments when He lets us see a life transformed because we were willing submitted surrendered servants of His!
Thanks, Beth! It’s definitely an ah-ha moment I’ll always cherish!
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Yes, we so long to know that we’re making a difference, that our work or our writing or our life has impacted another. And yet in the end, it’s that ‘well done, good and faithful servant’ that’s going to matter most.
Thanks for these words today, Kathryn …
So human of us to want to know our results and so hard to convince ourselves not to care. But, you’re right that the best reward of all will be to hear “well done, good and faithful servant” – that’s what I hope for most!
Kristin Hill Taylor says
What a neat story that you got to see some of the other side of your obedience and trusting God with what he was calling you to in one moment! I’m glad I linked up next to you today at #TellHisStory. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by! It was a gift to get to see the other side – and was a blessing to share it.
I’m always doubly blessed when God shows me how my obedience to Him touched another. The first blessing is that He would use me at all! So thankful He encouraged you in this way! Have a blessed week!
Deb @ Counting My Blessings says
I love this Kathryn. My husband has always said, “I don’t want to do anything great for God. I just want to be in the vicinity when He does great things.” How wonderful that the Lord touched someone through you. What a wonderful blessing.
I love your husband’s quote! Yes, to be in the vicinity when God does great things! That would be wonderful!
I am thankful when the Lord brings me those who have been blessed through my life. It is the work of the Holy Spirit. Apart from Him, I can do no good thing. Thanks for linking up with The Weekend Brew!
Hi! I am Jeri... says
Love your post. It all begins and end with Him.
Thank you so much for linking up with Coffee for Your Heart! I’m so grateful for your words. XO
Heather Mertens @ 40YearWanderer says
I know exactly what your heart is talking about! I immediately thanked God for sharing that moment in time with you as you shared it here!
I’m glad to have found your post as we shared over at Holley’s together. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and for your prayer!