In today’s text, Paul wasn’t really happy about the stunted growth and development of the brethren despite the fact that he had invested heavily in them spiritually and fed them with the word of God.
Paul related to them the grace given to him as a wise master builder to train, teach and mentor the brethren in the way of the Lord to lay the foundation. Paul expected them to work and live an exemplary life that others could emulate as Christians. He made them understand that they are the temple of God and should not defile the temple to avoid judgement.
He further explained to believers to accept the leaders who teach them God’s word and be ready to learn from everyone whom God sends to teach them. He has given them life, so that they may serve him. He also told them they do not belong to themselves because they belong to Christ. They must therefore be humble, even as Christ was humble because He obeyed God the father completely.
As believers, we must live the life of Christ so that others would emulate. Our allegiance should be to God and not to man. Our respect however to humanity must be genuine and reciprocal.
Lord, help me serve you with the whole of my heart by following the instructions of those whom you have placed in my life.
Reading – 1 Corinthian 3
The Church and Its Leaders
3 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spiritbut as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
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. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Daywill bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b] 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
- 1 Corinthians 3:19 Job 5:13
- 1 Corinthians 3:20 Psalm 94:11
- 1 Corinthians 3:22 That is, Peter