1 Corinthians 3:6-7
I planted and Apollos watered, but it was God who gave the growth.
It follows that the person who plants isn’t anything special, and the person who waters isn’t anything special; what matters is God who gives the growth.
This takes some pressure off, doesn’t it?
God does all the heavy lifting in human hearts. We get the easy parts: planting, watering, praying for growth.
We all have our little part to play, our unique gifting and talents. And we’re all on the same level beneath God, so it is absolutely absurd to play one person’s part off against another. Nobody is more important or needed than any other. We all have our role to play and none of it is the creation or growth of someone’s faith—that’s God’s work, thank God–so let’s celebrate each other and the parts we each play, am I right!
The only significance of planter and waterer is that God accepts their labor and works through them (verse 9); they have no independent importance.