STOP WORSHIPING SERVANTS
1 Corinthians 3:4-6
4 Because when someone says, “I am in Paul’s group,” and another, “I am in Apollos’ group,” are you not mere humans? 5 What then is Apollos, and what is Paul? We are servants through whom you believed, and each one did what the Lord allowed. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the crop to grow.
servants of the sovereign
Leaders had emerged in the Corinthian fellowships who were gathering followers for themselves, and this was not good. Not only that, but these new leaders were starting to identify themselves and their teachings by means of referring to the church’s original founding missionaries – like Paul and Apollos. Paul needed to address this problem, but if he simply appealed on the basis of the authority of his position as the church’s founder, he might wind up appearing to endorse the Pauline group. Instead, Paul downplayed the role of all human leaders, and stressed the fact that behind everyone’s work there was a sovereign, allowing the miracle of life and development to happen. We are all servants of that sovereign Lord.
LORD, thank you for bringing life to your work, and allowing us to be a part of that miracle.