“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:6)
If you have been a follower of Jesus for some time, you recognize clearly that God used someone else as His partner to present Christ to you. It probably was a collection of characters in your life who invested deeply, whether for a short time or a long one, which finally led to your profession of faith. Just as Paul illustrated, some planted, some watered and still others harvested. The same was true for you. Though there may be one person in your memory whose influence and words led you to Christ, there were, indeed many others who helped. Whether they are still alive today or not, your life can be one, if not already, a life which is a bringer of delight to others.
It’s those absent ones I’m thinking about this day. Those individuals, like the apostle Paul, who have been watching the progression of our spiritual lives, are on my mind. For me, I’m thinking about Mrs. Farrar, a Vacation Bible School teacher of mine, when I was in the 5th grade, who challenged all of her children to read through the entire Bible. I still hear her challenge yearly in my heart’s ear. I wonder if she ever knew I would be one of her students who would become a teacher of the Word of God?
I’m remembering Mary, a church secretary, who took the time to make a cut-out for me of the notes on the piano, so I could match pitch to sing a song about the Lord. I wonder if she ever had any idea that her investment in my life would help pay my way through college? And Pastor Tom…strong in the Word, and caring in heart…I’m curious if he had any inclination that his firm preaching of the Bible would have such a powerful impact upon my life today?
There are absent ones in your life, too. Is your life bringing them joy today, if they are presently on this planet? If they are still alive, don’t miss the opportunity to call them, E-mail them, mail them or better yet, find them and bless them with the news of your firm faith in Christ. If they are not alive, thank the Lord for the legacy they have left you to continue in the faith. Be a bringer of delight to someone today…it can all begin with a simple, “Thank you for…”