Milking the Rewards – 1 Corinthians 3

What a smack. In 1 Corinthians chapter 3, Paul basically told this church they need to grow up.

The people of the church there were arguing about who to follow, Paul or Apollos. Truth is they both of them follow Jesus. Paul was admonishing them to quit quarreling and just follow Jesus. It doesn’t matter who brought them the message first, the message is what’s important.

Being a worship leader, I have worship services on my mind, so I thought this is very much like arguing over styles of music. Some in our church have voiced their opinion that church music should be only hymns and traditional music. Others have voiced their opinion that that “old music” is boring and the church will die if we keep holding on to them.

It doesn’t matter what type of music the message is in – it’s the message that’s important!

I guess some things never change. I wonder what Paul would write about today.

The foundation is laid, and that’s our relationship with Jesus Christ. How we build upon it, with things that last (gold, silver, jewels) or things that won’t (wood, hay, straw), is up to us.

I find it interesting that Paul continuously mentions “reward”. In verse 8, he talks about how he and Apollos will be rewarded:

“The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.”

Then in verse 14, he shows us how we will be rewarded if we have built upon the foundation with things that will last:

“If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.”

He talks about this in other places, too. Leaders in my past have discouraged this reward mentality when it comes to our Christianity. However, I believe it is something we must all be aware of. There are rewards for doing the right things. Paul mentions this over and over in his writings. I am particularly motivated by rewards. I think most people are. It gives me something to strive for – something to plan and do and win. I will meditate on this today.

Have a rewarding day!
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