Role To Play
Posted: Wednesday, August 7
1 Corinthians 3: 5-23
Psalm 29: 1-11
Proverbs 20: 26-27
Verse of the day
“After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s imporant is that God makes the seed grow.”
(1 Corinthians 3: 5-7)
I’m a terrible artist. If I try to draw or paint anything other than stick figures, it generally ends up looking like the work of a small child. If the fate of the world relied on me being able to create even a decent work of art, lets just say that would be Mission Impossible… and not even Tom Cruise would be able to save the day because my art is a lost cause. Thankfully, God is smart enough to make sure that masterpiece artwork is not at all necessary in my calling. There are plenty of talented artists who have been given that gift from God who can fulfill that role, and I don’t have to worry about trying to fill their role.
God is a God of order. Paul says that, “Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.” What a perfect example of the body working together, doing their part so that God could work through their actions. We see in the roles of Paul and Apollos, that Paul’s strength and calling was in spreading the gospel. It wasn’t his calling to stay in one place and mentor those he was sharing the gospel with. His call was to reach as many people as possible. Apollos’s call was to shepherd the Corinthians. He was the one who watered the seeds Paul had planted, which required him to stay in Corinth. Neither job was more important, but they were both essential to God’s plan.
The same is true for us today. No role is more important than the other. We all have unique gifts and talents God has given us, and no gift is any more or any less important than someone else’s. The trouble comes when through various reasons, we decide we don’t want to play the role God gave us, or we want to play a different role we like better. This creates a void in the role we were supposed to play. If Paul had decided he didn’t want to keep traveling to spread the gospel and wanted to fill Apollos’ role, so many areas would not have heard the gospel. If Apollos had decided he wanted to travel and spread the gospel instead of watering the seeds in Corinth, the people of Corinth might have fallen away from God. We need to be humble enough to know that God’s way is always better than ours, and that if we stay in his plan and his timing, he will use us in ways greater than we could ever imagine.