March 02, 2021 – Tuesday
1 Corinthians 3:5 NIV
5 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.
You might reasonably ask, “What is Paul talking about in verse 5 above?” He is even asking his own questions in the verse, What, after all is Apollos? And What is Paul? Then he answers his own questions stating he and Apollos are Only servants, through whom you came to believe and then he adds, as the Lord has assigned to each his task. So we now know they are both servants and through their teachings people came to believe. And they each had different tasks assigned to them to bring people to believe.
The next four verses provides a look at how the different tasks may have been assigned (v6-9), I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. Paul makes sure we understand the real credit goes to God who makes things grow. When the farmer plants, waters, fertilizes, and weeds his field, it is God and God alone who makes things grow. They grow by God’s design and His design alone. Jesus had this to say about the harvest when speaking to His disciples about all the people who needed to hear the good news (Matthew 9:37-38), The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Now about God’s building in v9 above, Peter had the following to say (1 Peter 2:4-5), As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to Him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Looking back at verse 5, what led Paul to pose such questions and answers? For the answer to that we have only to turn to the four prior verses (v1-4), Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? Paul is rebuking them for putting too much, way too much, emphasis on who brought the good news to them and not on the good news itself. According to Paul, paying more attention to the messenger rather than the message shows one to be worldly and still subsisting on milk instead of solid food.
No matter what role we are given in bringing the good news to others, we should embrace it for the rewards we will receive which come not from any particular area of effort, but from our own individual faithful labor and effort. And no matter what role God has assigned us, we should be grateful He has seen fit to use us for His purpose.
Prayer: Father God – Thank You giving us an opportunity to serve You, to do whatever You have assigned us to do. Your mercy and blessings make it an honor to serve you. – In Jesus name. Amen.