I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. (I Corinthians 3:6-9 NKJV)
I hope we all still remember our elementary plant science? We still remember what happens to the seed when it is planted? Let’s take a short refresher course on that, just in case. So, a farmer has these seeds of corn, and he wants to cultivate them, with the intention of harvesting a field full of fresh ears of corn after a season. What does he do? He takes the seeds, plants them into the soil, then he has to water them manually or let the rains do that for him. They germinate and get growing. He will then wait patiently for the growing plants to mature for harvest, then he reaps what he sowed, in good measure, much more than the measure he put in the ground. This will help us understand what meditation is in a very simple and profound manner.
Now, the whole farming process represent several of the elementary teachings of faith as mentioned in the book of Hebrews, which in reality overlap each other without a clear demarcation of the end of one, and the beginning of the next. This overlap is explained by the way God commanded Moses to make the mercy seat, and the cherubim seating on top of the ark of testimony. He asked him to make them of one piece of gold, without joints. Perhaps God will grant us opportunity to talk about that in greater detail in the future.
For now, we are concerned with the doctrine of baptisms, and at the very moment focused on meditation. And the doctrine of baptisms lie somewhere between the “planting of God’s word in the heart, and the manifestation of same,” i.e. The planting of the seed, and the harvest. Meditation in particular, is the watering of the seed and of the growing plant. We shall explain this further tomorrow.
(YOU ARE CHRIST. Galatians 2:18-20)