February 16, 2018

1 Corinthians 3:4–7 (NLT) — 4 When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world? 5 After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. 6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.

In the verses preceding these above verses Paul is saddened by the fact that the Christians in Corinth weren’t growing in their faith. They were still in the “Jesus loves me this I know” stage. What they didn’t know was that yes Jesus loved them but he loved them too much to let them stay the way they were. They were to begin, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to put aside their selfishness, their stinginess, their anger, their unkindness etc. They were to let the Spirit of Jesus through the word of God change them.

One indication that they hadn’t grown much was that they had favorite preachers. Nothing wrong with having a favorite preacher but they let it divide the church. It was the “my dad is bigger than your dad” mentality. So instead of talking about the word and letting the word work in their lives they talked about the people delivering the word and they missed the point of the preaching! It shouldn’t matter who is delivering the word; what should matter is what am I doing with that word.

The Corinthians were talking about those who preached the word but they weren’t talking about the word that was preached. They were like people who would go to church on Sunday, look their best, talk their best, and be on their best behavior but than come Monday would do their best to resort back to their old sinful nature way of living. they had their favorite speakers and that is all that mattered to them.

Without God man is nothing. Paul implied this when he said the it is God who makes the seed grow. The abilities that man has are given to him by God. The very air we breathe is given to us by God. The fact that we have the ability to breath comes from God. The Winter Olympics is going on right now and I am sure that the athletes have been doing many things to make the crowd go “ooh and ah” but the Lord is the one who should be getting the ‘ooh and ah’.

Whenever we see anything spectacular that man has done or anything ordinary that man has done our thoughts should go to God who made these things possible. We have a tendency to put man on the pedestal that God belongs on. By doing that we take away the awesomeness of God. Perhaps if we got in the habit of thinking about God during the day and thanking him for all that he has given mankind our faith in Him would grow and our desire to live for him would increase.  The Apostle Paul became the Apostle Paul because he understood that man is nothing without God.

Acts 17:28 (NLT) — 28 For in him we live and move and exist.

Romans 11:36 (NLT) — 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.

Revelation 4:11 (NLT) — 11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was a highly respected Supreme Court Justice in the early 1900’s. On his ninetieth birthday he was asked by a reporter what the secret to his success was. This is how Holmes responded, “The secret to my success was that at an early age I discovered that I was not God.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Today as I thought about these verses I realized how often we describe churches by the Pastor and how he/she preaches. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone describe a church by the love that is displayed by the people (which are the church) in the church. Yes it is important that the Pastor preaches the truth from the Word but more important is that the church is know for it’s love for one another and for those outside the church.

  2. Mark Gundersen says:

    That is the problem with many denominations and some large non-denominal churches. They feel if that Christ must be Luthern, Baptist, etc.