COMMITMENT, NOT COMPARISON
1 Corinthians 3:7-9
7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is significant, only God who is causing you to grow. 8 But the one planting and the one watering work together as one team; and each will receive his own wages according to his own labor. 9 Because we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s crop, God’s building.
significance in service
The Corinthians had chosen to divide over theological and philosophical differences, blaming their founding missionaries for the differing emphases. They looked at the ministers who had influenced them in terms of their relative significance compared to each other. No, Paul says. He told them they had the wrong model. They should look at themselves as a crop that God owns. All the missionaries and ministers are co-workers on the same team, but God is the owner of the field. Significance for the ones in ministry is found in their service to the same master.
LORD, show us how to work together as a team, serving you as we assist in growing your crop, and evaluating our service based on commitment to you, not comparison with each other.