“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.” -1 Corinthians 3:5 (NIV)
A dispute had arisen within the Corinthian church. On one side of the quarrel were those who claimed loyalty to the teachings of Paul; on the other, those who adhered to the teachings of a man named Apollos. As the church quarreled over which man could claim legitimacy, Paul stepped into the fray. His answer brought the whole issue into perspective. Who was he? Who was Apollos? They were but mere men, yet served a God far greater than any human being on Earth. It was through Christ that Paul and Apollos were able to teach and preach His Word; not through any ability of their own. Therefore, only Christ is to be glorified for He is the Center of the Word and the Enabler of our faith.
It is human tendency to make idols out of anything. Our admiration of people can be taken to the extreme of putting them on a pedestal. Instead of allowing Christ to consume our minds, we pay our homage to His servants; those He has appointed to minister to us. Suddenly we find ourselves yielding to the authority of those we have enshrined in our minds instead of the greater authority of Christ. We may have constructed an image of perfection in our minds regarding the person of our worship. But the problem with placing our hopes in man is that we are prone to error. Once the reality of this fact is made known to us, we will realize how fragile a faith in man can be. When we place our hope and faith in Christ, allowing Him to work in our hearts and minds, we can take assurance in that fact that He is the Truth. Only He is mighty to save and only through Him we will be able to gain understanding of His Word. Christ is sovereign and He is able to take fallen men and use them to fulfill His perfect will for the world. But may we remember that an idolatry of man will only serve to lead us astray from the true Author and Perfector of our faith; the one who is deserving of all glory and praise.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.