Tuesday, September 5, 2006 4:00a.m.
Amy Carmichael and a friend she called D.O.M., which stood for Dear Old Man, were driving past a stone quarry, and in the stone quarry they saw a stone breaker. The D.O.M. asked Amy, “Which blow breaks the stone? Thee must never say, ‘I won that soul for Christ.’ It is the first blow and the last blow, and every one in between.” (A Chance to Die). I think that sometimes this is a trap we fall into. We forget that nothing is of us, all is of God. Scripture tells us that some plant and some water. “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” (I Corinthians 3:7). So neither the planter nor the waterer can say, “I won that soul for Christ.” All is of Christ. Every blow from the first to the last impacts, but the allotment breaker is Christ.
Thought for Today: “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” (I Corinthian 3:8).