by Rev Joel Yong
1 Corinthians 3:4-7
For when one says, I follow Paul, and another, I follow Apollos, are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
This is such a great reminder.
However gifted a teacher you may be …
However popular a youth worker you are …
However wise a lay leader you might be …
We are all but vessels that God uses – each fulfilling our parts. God Himself does the rest.
He is the One who generates growth, not us.
Without Him, all our efforts are nothing.
The seed does not grow until God calls it forth and allows it subsequently even to bear fruit.
That is why we hear the apostles often saying in their Epistles that they are but servants of Christ.
So are we – as modern day followers.
We are not charismatic personalities to be adored or worshipped but we are persons who merely point to Christ.
John the Baptist understood this fully. That is why he said –
He must increase, but I must decrease.
John answered them, I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.
May this attitude be in us today as well.