If you read I Corinthians 3:5-9, you find these words,
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Those are great movement words! When I am part of a movement, I start to realize that it’s not all about me. It’s not my movement, I’m just a part. It’s not about building up Calvary. We are just a part. In fact, with humble boldness, can I make it really clear — because I’m certain they would agree — it’s not all about Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Francis Chan, Rob Bell, or Beth Moore. In fact when we start proclaiming that we are of John, or we are of Bell, or we are of Francis — we start to institutionalize the movement.
Every movement has a founder who is a charismatic leader. Most movements die with the leader. Ours didn’t because ours didn’t. Our leader lives and our leader still directs the movement. So we are all still of Jesus and as long as we are all of Jesus, the movement moves. Or perhaps better said, we move with the movement.
All of us have a part, but it’s not my movement. It’s not all dependent upon me. God brings the growth. I have a part, but I don’t have the only part. In fact if I don’t play my part, God often has someone else waiting on the sidelines.
In fact I think a great illustration of that is this story — Cheryle Touchton is an evangelist. Sometimes she is planting seeds that someone else will water. Sometimes she is watering seeds that someone else will plant. Sometimes she is harvesting a life that someone else planted and watered. She is part of a team. It’s not all about her, but she has a part.
Sometimes God will take her long distances so that she can join another team. She has a Great-God-Story about Anthony. God brought her to Mardi Gras to move the movement into the heart of Anthony. Read her story and ask God to show you who the “Anthony’s” in your life might be.