I Corinthians 3: 7-9
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
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From a literary point of view, Paul mixes his metaphors here. We are the ones who plant...no, who water....no, who serve....no, we are a field...no, we are a building! The writer in me screams, "Paul, pick ONE! Go with it! Save the other metaphor for another day!" But to be honest, I mix my metaphors like people fill their plates at a potluck supper. The times I mix my metaphors the most are when I am in conversation with a person trying to help them through a difficult time. I often find myself using whatever metaphor that will help reach them with the truth of God's truth and grace. It is the throw-everything- I've-got-and-see-what-sticks method of Gospel proclamation. I admit it isn't always the most effective method, however, it still conveys the passion I have to reach them with the absolutely best news I know. When Paul mixes his metaphors, we grab onto whichever one works for us that day, but we also hear his passion, his urgency. It is in Paul's passion that we hear God's Word that we should not waste another minute fighting amongst ourselves about our own importance but work together for God's purposes.
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Holy God, help us to find our purpose, our passion, and our voice. Amen.
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