From Lynda Lindsey
You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? I Corinthians 3:3-4
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—-as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. I Corinthians 3:5
So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—-all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. I Corinthians 3:21-23
Jealousy. Quarreling. Infantile, juvenile taunts of, “My spiritual daddy is greater than yours!” mark us as children too immature to understand deep spiritual teaching. Paul warns us about pride and valuing one messenger of God over another. We all are servants of the Lord Jesus Christ; each one of us has an assigned task in God’s kingdom. Not one of us is more, or less, important than another. Instead of allowing endless criticism and petty squabbles to distract us, we should be known for promoting unity and harmony in the body of Christ, made possible only because we have been given the Holy Spirit at conversion as well as the mind of Christ.
Jesus, in humility and submission to the Father, did nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit; neither should we. We are all servants, not superstars, working together, standing firm in one faith, being one in spirit and purpose; by so doing we promote unity and growth in the body and bring honor and glory to God. As we work alongside one another, each one trying to out serve the other, there will be no room for envy, strife and divisions, only the realization that we are all working towards the same goal. It’s not man we glory in and boast about, but God, who has given us all things we need for spiritual life and health.
Imagine it! Think on it! In Christ, all things necessary are ours! All things: the world, life, death, the present, the future. It’s all ours! We are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. Christ is of God; we are of Christ, therefore, we are in God. God has given us every good thing we have in this life, and He ensures our eternal life after death. He is our source of good, our only source. God has given us everything we need to live for Him. Our responsibility? Grow. Mature. Be loyal only to Christ. Boast only in the Lord. Pursue servanthood...not superstars.