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1 Corinthians 3:7-8

So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

 

God giveth the increase. To increase means to become greater, enlarge.

It seems to be human nature to strive against one another and do everything in one’s power to be better than the next person. We then “toot our own horn” letting everyone know we are better. While there is certainly nothing wrong with working to become a better person that does not justify destroying others to get there. The Apostle Paul teaches that whoever plants and whoever waters are the same and that the increase comes from God.

While the Bible teaches that we are to multiply and increase whatever talents we are given, it does not teach that we are to do that by destroying or taking from our neighbor. The increase is to come from God and thereby God alone gets the glory that we have increased. Jabez understood this principle when he prayed in 1 Chronicles 4:10, “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”

Jabez understood that any increase of his coast must come from God.

When a group of people, an economic class, a church or any elitist feels like they are better than someone else they have forgotten that their increase came from God and that in God’s eyes we are all the same. Jesus Christ died for all of us equally and the ground at the foot of His cross is level and receives us all the same.

One may plant and another may water but it is God alone that gives the increase.

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