“For while one saith, ‘I am of Paul;’ and another, ‘I am of Apollos;’ are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
Once again, Paul addresses the seeds of denominationalism among believers. Look at his piercing question, “Are ye not carnal?” What is wrong with following someone who is obviously filled with the Holy Spirit, powerfully spreading the Good News of Christ’s salvation? Paul encourages us to see and understand the distinction between the Lord and His ministers. Take a careful look at your Christian service. Who are you serving? Who are you obeying? Have you been in contention with others who serve differently? What if they are called to fulfill a different stage of God’s plan? Are they any less faithful or genuinely devoted than you are? Who are the planters you have known? Think about those you have seen watering. What is your role in cultivating the Lord’s crop, preparing for His Harvest? Consider this carefully: What exactly is ‘the increase,’ and Who do they belong to?