God At Work Through IM

But God Made it Grow

But God Made it Grow

In his first letter to the Christians in Corinth, the Apostle Paul addressed several spiritual issues which were threatening the believers in Corinth. One of those issues was division in the congregation, as one group followed Paul while another group followed Apollos or Jesus, himself.

Paul confronted this problem by reminding the Corinthians, “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” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7 NIV 84).

In my ministry as an prison Chaplain, I rarely have the opportunity to “plant” the seed of the Gospel. Other Christians: Pastors, friends and family members, an Institutional Ministries’ volunteer at a county jail or other staff members have already done the “planting.” That means I have the privilege of “watering” the seed of faith in Jesus with the living water of God’s Word.

It doesn’t matter who “plants” or who “waters.” All that matters is that it is God, alone, who can make the seed of faith in Jesus grow.

It is in the light of that truth of God’s Word that I give thanks to our Lord for everyone who is involved in our ministry of shining the light of Jesus’ love on the walled-in souls of our communities, whether it is “planting” or “watering” the seed of faith in Jesus.




Ministry Behind the Walls

Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that carries out behind-the-walls ministry by shining the light of Jesus’ love into hearts.