Planting, Watering, and Harvesting

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. – 1 Corinthians 3:6

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I’m a huge fan of the PBS series “Poirot,” which ran intermittently over the course of twenty-five years. In the series, David Suchet brought to life Agatha Christie’s super sleuth with the unequaled “little gray cells,” Hercule Poirot.

I’ll finish the final season this week on Amazon Prime and bid a fond farewell to the dapper Belgian; but I do hope to watch more of David Suchet. With that in mind, I checked out his bio on Wikipedia – and I made a wonderful discovery.

Suchet is a fellow believer.

Apparently, he came to Christ after he opened a Bible in his hotel room and read Romans 8.

Suchet’s conversion transformed his life. He hosted documentaries about the lives of Paul and Peter (David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St. Peter is available on Amazon Prime). After portraying Poirot, he fulfilled his dream of making an audio recording of the NIV Bible.

David Suchet’s story reminded me of the importance of sharing the gospel, as well as supporting those whose mission is to print and distribute Bibles and other Christian literature.


crotalaria-2521110_1280It may be outside of your comfort zone – it certainly was out of mine at one point – but don’t be afraid to share a tract and a smile, or give a financial gift to the Gideons.

Though it’s the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to draw others to the Lord, it’s our responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission – whether we plant, water, or harvest, as Paul pointed out in today’s Scripture.

How exciting it will be to see one day how our actions, prayers, and financial support led to the salvation of others who, in turn, led others to Christ!


How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? – Romans 10:14

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11 thoughts on “Planting, Watering, and Harvesting”

  1. It is a great problem within the Church, I believe, to get people to understand the point you make here. Too many people coming and filling a pew week after week don’t realize or consider their responsibility to share the faith. If we could find a way to motivate and energize them, my oh my, how the world could be changed!

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  2. What better seeds could we plant. Yes we can have gardens, and feed out bodies, It makes sense to plant seeds to nourish others spiritual bodies. A simple giving of praise to God, I find, often opens a door to conversation. That could lead to a seed, or watering, or picking a weed of a stumblingblock. God is faithful to give us so many opportunities to plant seeds 🙂

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      1. Yes, it is quite easier than one thinks. A lot of sentences can begin with God blessed us with…. The other day someone asked us when we moved here. We said we still had our house back home, and how we had just moved all our stuff back in it when we found out we were coming here. They asked what happened to our house. We told them it had to be gutted due to hurricane damage. Oh no, they said that is terrible. Not really, we said, God blessed us with a whole new house and we began sharing with them all the ways God provided, and overcame all the obstacles. How prayers were answered. And the mask I had on. This was a blessing too, I replied, I ordered some shoes and God blessed us because they sent us these mask with the shoes. Which lead to more testimonies. And it goes from there. You will be surprised how people will either agree and start telling you how good God is, which is a blessing because we hear testimonies which nourish us. OR they will say, do you believe that God blessed you with this or that. It opens up a very nice conversation AND one that they asked for which takes away the defensive. It is from a curious perspective. It has always been well received. Confirmation that our LORD will put us where He wants us to be and make a way to plant seeds. 🙂 🙂 Sorry there I go again leaving you a mini novel in your comments 🙂

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