What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.1 Corinthians 3: 5-9
We tried our hand at container gardening last year with a few tomato plants and some leafy vegetables. Truthfully, Patrina did the work. I might have watered some plants, but that’s about it.
Still, most of us have some experience with plants and so you can relate to the analogy used by Paul above. The same is true when it comes to our spiritual growth. While I may learn from this teacher or another, it is ultimately God who brings about transformation in my life.
The teacher who plants or waters has a role to play in the growth of others, but they are only role players and they are on the same journey as the rest of us, even if they have written a few books or preached for years. Remember it is God who gives the growth.