1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly–mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe–as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
When we believe and accept the grace of God, we are to no longer be infants as a servant of the things of the world–self, sin, money, success, power, or fame. Christ is the only foundation that leads us to God, who makes us grow into his servants. God gives each of us different gifts and talents that we are to use as tools to make followers of Christ. Whether we plant seeds of faith or whether we water the faith that has already been planted, we are to work in unity with each other. God will reward every man according to his own work and purpose for him.
Father thank you that Christ is our example and not mankind. Help us to grow in our faith and in our witness of your word to others. Thank you that you are the One who does the work through us. Help us to receive our reward in you and not from man. All glory and honor belongs to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.