“It has been reported to me that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. Each one of you says, ‘I follow Paul,’ or ‘I follow Apollos,’ or ‘I follow Cephas,’ or ‘I follow Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. We preach Christ crucified,.. to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’
“I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God… 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… For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 1:11-13,21,23-24,30-31; 2:2-5; 3:5-7,9
There are some people who seem to be covered with glue, and others who like to stick. Followers cling to the ‘famous’ like barnacles, in devoted allegiance, proud of their belonging and dependent on their identity as fans. ‘I go to X’s bible study,’ ‘I read X every morning and he/she says..,’ ‘We go to X’s church,’ and ‘Do you follow X?’ Paul here calls the Corinthian church to set aside aligning with names and individuals, and unify in the mission and Person of the gospel. Those who preach are all merely planters and waterers, servants of the Most High who has charge over the work and results.
In God’s kingdom, everything is about Him. He chooses instruments who are willing and available, not necessarily with outstanding natural wisdom or talent, so that He is the One seen and heard and receiving the glory. Paul reminds us to look to Jesus Christ, listen to Him, follow His wisdom, fix our devotion and allegiance with Him, not His servants. Paul and Apollos were merely planters and waterers, each investing at his appointed time in their lives, each giving out the truth when called to preach or teach or encourage.
It is the same with you and me. From either vantage point, we must beware. Are we wanting any limelight or credit for God’s work done through us? It is His Spirit’s wisdom and power that brings growth. Are we prone to suck like leaches onto certain denominational tag-lines, teachers, or authors as ultimate authorities? It is the Lord Who is supreme.
Father, may I so plant and water and know Christ among others, that they see and believe and glorify You.