5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
At the church in Corinth in Paul’s day there was a phenomenon that occurred in the church that has definite parallels in our day. Paul was dealing with what has been called the ‘cult of personality.’ You see, believers in the church were breaking off into separate groups as they followed the personality of Paul, of Apollos, and of Peter and then there were those who supposed themselves to be super pious by saying they follow Christ, but they were simply doing the same thing as the others. In our day there are many who do the same thing as they follow the big name preachers, pitting one preacher as better than another. Worse than that is they compare their pastor to that person and they think my pastor isn’t like him – he doesn’t preach like him, he doesn’t have a big church like him, he doesn’t lead like him. My friends we all need to be careful with this kind of thinking. We need to be cautious in thinking there is only one kind of pastor to lead a church. Notice in our text, Paul makes it clear that he and Apollos were just servants that God had given assignments – one to plant and one to water, but it was God who gave the increase. It was God through these men who spoke into the hearts and lives of the Corinthian believers. It was God who caused them to grow in their faith. So when you think about a pastor, whether it be yours or one you listen to on the Internet, remember that the kind of pastor God uses is one who meets the character requirements of a pastor, one who rightly handles the Word of God, and one who faithfully preaches the Word. Beyond that it becomes preferences and we should be cautious to check our preferences that they do not supersede the commands of Scripture. So listen to the great preachers in our day, read the sermons of the great preachers of old, but look to Christ who is the one who brings growth into your life.