And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:1-9, NRSV)
Paul fed the Corinthians with milk and not solid food because they weren’t ready for that yet. We need to ease into things.
That is why God leaves nothing up to us.
You see even Paul, Apollos, and the rest of the apostles didn’t have control.
One planted, another watered, another fertilized, but God brought the growth.
And that is who all of it is up to, God. We can not make someone grow in faith, we can nurture and instruct and walk along with, but it is God that brings the growth and maturity.
So allow God to work through you and use you to fertilize what others have planted and watered.