Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Saturday, September 3 2022



Text: “For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?” –  1 Corinthians 3:4, 5.

Comment: In his admonitory letter to the Christians at Corinth, St. Paul corrected them for unduly exalting the ministers whom God is using to impart the truth to them. While the ministers should be respected for their work, the credit for what they are doing should go to God Almighty who is using them as mere instruments. It is true the ministers have different talents, and some are better endowed than others, but that does not mean we should owe allegiance to anyone, knowing that each person is working according to the grace given him. Once one realizes this, one would be diligent and upright in all one’s undertakings. With that frame of mind, a person could even exceed his own expectations, whether in the spiritual or secular fields. St. Paul stated, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.” – 1 Corinthians 3:6-8.


It would be recalled that God Almighty described David as a man after His heart who will fulfil all His will. (1 Samuel 13:13, 14; 16:18) King David also said, “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.” – Psalm 108:12, 13.