After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it
was God who made it grow. 1 Corinthians 3: 5-6
From the parking lot lined with blooming oleanders, the visit looked promising. Nevertheless, from the inside, the gardens looked sleepy and not in any hurry to wake up to Spring. I would estimate that only 25% of the roses and orchids were in bloom; none of the bromeliads and none of the plumeria were in bloom. The Hummingbird Garden was a ghost of itself, with only one or two plants in bloom and not a single hummingbird around. Overall, the gardens were disappointing.
When God looks at His churches, I wonder if He sees a sleeping garden with only a few blooms. I have always heard that you should bloom where God plants you. If God has led you to a church and planted you in the fellowship, you should have a seed of love for that body of believers that, in time, brings forth a beautiful flower from the family of good works. In James
2:26, we are reminded that, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” Paul, who wrote the passage above to the Corinthians, understood that God’s church should be filled with people who are busy doing the work that God has given them. Paul is an example of one who bloomed where God planted him. Are you blooming where God has planted you?