Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:8
The techniques of some of history’s greatest teachers—like Solomon, Jesus, and Paul—are illustrated in Scripture. Specifically, we learn from their use of metaphors and illustrations to make their spiritual and practical points.
In the space of seventeen verses (1 Corinthians 3:1-17), Paul uses metaphors to promote unity in the Church and illustrate the basis for eternal rewards. He uses an agricultural metaphor (verses 6-8), and an architectural metaphor (verses 10-17) to talk about rewards. How we plant and how we build will be tested by God. How we have used what God has given will determine our rewards or the lack of them. So, what have we been given with which to serve Christ? Grace, love, spiritual gifts, the Holy Spirit, talents and abilities, time, tangible resources—everything we have is given to us to use faithfully for Christ and His Kingdom.
If the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10) took place today, how would your works fare in the fire of God’s presence? Purpose that today will be a day of faithfulness.
Today, let us rise and go to our work. Tomorrow, we shall rise and go to our reward. Richard Fuller
John Piper sermon: I Planted, Apollos Watered, But God Gave the Growth