I headed out the door yesterday to find some petunias for my garden. I started some about a month ago, but they are barely a speck in the starting soil, and I have no idea why they aren’t growing. The nursery I was hoping to get them from had closed its doors, and because I was already halfway there, I ended up in Plant City; we’re just a few miles from there anyway. I went to Lowe’s, and they had the petunias I wanted at a reasonable price. Compared to my growth-stunted petunias, no matter how hard you try to help someone grow in Christ, it’s up to them to make an effort to change and for God to promote growth. I didn’t throw them out; I planted them alongside the bigger ones hoping they would begin to mature. Sometimes an immature Christian needs other Christians to emulate; that’s why you should do your best to project Jesus in everything you do and why it’s so important to be a part of a church that adheres to biblical principles. Other people are watching, and you never want to be the reason someone becomes stunted or stumbles.
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 3:7-9