Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as spirituala but as worldlyb—mere infantsc in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food,d for you were not yet ready for it.e Indeed, you are still not ready. 3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelingf among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere human beings? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,”g are you not mere human beings?
5What, after all, is Apollos?h And what is Paul? Only servants,i through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed,j Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.k 9For we are God’s co-workers;l you are God’s field,m God’s building.n
The church in Corinth seems to have become quite obsessed with their leadership – following Apollos and Barnabas – and forgetting that ultimately we’re all called to follow Jesus.
Paul wants the church to get their perspective right. In the age of celebrity church leaders perhaps we need to re-think our attitudes!
Paul ends this passage with: “…we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.” I love the idea that God is at work – building us into something, growing us into something. Pray for those whom God appoints as his ‘co-workers’. Pray for all of us Christians as we are being built up by God.
a 1Co 2:15
b Ro 7:14; 1Co 2:14
c 1Co 14:20
d Heb 5:12–14; 1Pe 2:2
e Jn 16:12
f Ro 13:13; 1Co 1:11; Gal 5:20
g 1Co 1:12
h S Ac 18:24
i 1Co 4:1; 2Co 6:4; Eph 3:7; Col 1:23,25
j Ac 18:4–11; 1Co 4:15; 9:1; 15:1
k ver 14; Ps 18:20; 62:12; Mt 25:21; 1Co 9:17
l Mk 16:20; 2Co 6:1; 1Th 3:2
m Isa 61:3
n Eph 2:20–22; 1Pe 2:5