While studying 1 Corinthians chapter 3 this morning, I discovered that Paul rebuked the Corinthian church and us. He said:
“For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3:4-7.
After reading it severally, it dawned on me that what is currently happening in the body of Christ in Africa also happened in the church at Corinth.
There were factions in the church. Church members turned the ministers of God sent to them into their god. Paul’s intention in this chapter was to address the spiritual immaturity of the Corinthian church, which is displayed through its intense factionalism.
The Corinthian church appears to be divided into factions supporting or allied with Paul, Apollos and Cephas. The same thing is happening today.
If it is today, you will hear something like, “I serve the God of Paul.” Another person will say, “I serve the God of Appollos.” Then another one will pray like this, “Oh God of Cephas, answer me.” God is no longer one; He is now divided. Every minister have their own God.
We spend more time focusing on man instead of God. Paul called the church at Corinth carnal. Why? Because they were following the messengers instead of the Sender.
Paul, Appollos, Cephas and every other person are simply ministers through whom you believed. They are ministers through whom God either healed you, gave you a miracle job, delivered or saved you. They are God’s instruments. They are not God.
In fact, Paul explained it better in verses 6 and 7: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
Paul planted, Appollos watered, but it is God that makes what they planted to grow. It is not Paul that prays, nor Appollos that prophesied that healed you. They are simply instruments through which God reaches us.
I am not saying that we should not appreciate or celebrate ministers. Far from it. We must celebrate and appreciate them. But we should not turn them to God. If God refuses to answer their prayers, there won’t be any miracle.
Know God By Yourself.
Whenever God uses me to heal people in different programs, a good number of people usually want me to become their intermediary. If they are travelling, they will call me to pray for them. If they are sick, they will call me to pray for them.
If they want miracle job, breakthrough etc. they will call me to pray for them. What has happened? I have suddenly taken the place of Jesus Christ in their lives. I am now acting as a link between them and God.
But that is not how God wants us to relate with Him. Every child of God have equal access to Him.
God said to all Christians; “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16.
We have only One High Priest. We have only One Intermediary. His name is Jesus Christ! If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Saviour, then He is your High Priest. Run to Jesus and stop running to man. We all have access to Him. So, come boldly into His presence.
There is nothing wrong in asking brethren to pray for you. There is nothing wrong in asking your pastor, priest, evangelist or prophet to pray for you. But there is everything wrong in being spiritually lazy. There is everything wrong in depending on man to go to God on your behalf.
Stop travelling from place to place in search of miracles. Jesus said: “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Matk 16:17-18.
Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Is He your Lord and Saviour? If yes, then signs and wonders should follow you. You should not be travelling from place to place searching for signs and wonders!
In conclusion, brother Paul said: “Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours.” 1 Corinthians 3:21.
Celebrate men of God, but don’t boast in them. Honour men of God, sow seeds into their ministries if you are led, but don’t see them as a link between you and God. A man of God is an instrument God uses to bless His children, He can also use you.
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