I’ve thought a lot lately about the role I play or potentially could play as a Christian blogger. God has brought a decent amount of traffic and recognition to my blog, especially lately, and I always wonder the affect it has on those who read it. There are those who simply follow a link to my blog and are only on the site for less than a minute. Some are referred to an article I’ve written by another site, read it, and move along in a matter of minutes. There are some of you who have chosen to receive emails of anything posted here or at Modern March. Regardless of the amount of time someone may or may not spend reading my material, my hope has always been to share relevant and helpful resources for Christians.
So, what is my role in the lives of those who read? I turn to Paul’s statement in his letter to the Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 3:5-7 – What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
I suppose, as a teacher, I will either be a planter or a waterer. It’s easy for teachers, pastors, church leaders, or whoever to try to take the credit for the growth of those they lead. For example, prominent leaders like Mark Driscoll and Matt Chandler are young guys whose churches have exploded numerically in short amounts of time. These men, by admission, haven’t cornered the market or learned a special “trick” to church growth. No, they are men that God has gifted and used solely for His glory. Honestly, it could have been anyone at any time; they are merely guys who throw out seeds for God to sprout.
I am NOTHING. I am a vessel, blessed by God to be used by Him. The writer of Hebrews says it rather plainly:
Hebrews 6:1,3 – Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, and God permitting, we will do so.
I deserve no credit for helping you grow, and you deserve no credit for growing. All I can do is preach faithfully and all you can do is read with an open heart.
God will do the rest as He pleases.