I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.
The word growth in this context is a Greek word used here by Paul, αὐξάνω, which is a phrase that roughly translates “to make” or “to cause growth.” It can be used as a noun or verb meaning multiplication or growth, primarily the term involved the natural reproduction, but always under God’s direction and control (Lv. 26:4; Dt. 7:13; Ps. 67:6).1 That’s sort of a long explanation for a photo, but so be it, what’s a good blog post without a little bit of etymology.
Below are some other examples of this week’s photo challenge of growth. There are some great examples there as well, if you did the weekly post, leave a comment, I would love to check out your post as well.
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth « My Tropical Home
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth « danikurniawan
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth « Incidentally
- Weekly photo challenge: Growth « The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
- Weekly Photo Challenge: growth « Movin’ on
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth | IsobelandCat’s Blog
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth « Wilderness Escapades
- weekly photo challenge: growth | catbird in america
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth « PhotoCrazy
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth | RyNaRi
1P. A. Blair, “Increase” In , in New Bible Dictionary, ed. D. R. W. Wood, I. H. Marshall, A. R. Millard et al., 3rd ed. (Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996), 505.