“So don’t boast about following a particular human leader. For everything belongs to you— whether Paul or Apollos or Peter, or the world, or life and death, or the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.” 1 Corinthians 3:21-23
In building the church we must have the right motive. That motive is to glorify God. The Corinthian church was glorifying men and that was wrong. They were comparing men and dividing the church. If they had been seeking to glorify God, there would have been unity in the church. Paul is pointing out that each believer possesses all things in Christ. Each one of God’s servants belong to each believer. No member of the church should say, “I belong to Paul” or I like Peter” because each servant belongs to each member equally. We cannot help but to like one preacher over another. I know there are preachers that I like to listen to over others, but we should not let our preference cause division. The fact is the preacher I may enjoy least may be the one that I need the most.
In building the church our motive should be to humble ourselves before Jesus Christ. We must be broken before Jesus Christ. “And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) God shows more grace to the ones that humble themselves before Him. Paul was humble before God. If anyone should be proud it should be Paul, Jesus spoke directly to Paul calling him to be a servant. Paul is giving us an outline of how to build the church. He is telling us that we need to get self out of the way and let God lead. I see so many churches that feel that they know more about how to build a church than God does. I have been praying for years that God would show me what God’s church looks like. I have come to the conclusion that the Key is get out of God’s way and let Him lead.
“My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.” Isaiah 66:2