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Everyone Has His Mission

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)

It is shameful to see this clan grouping in our churches today. People, depending on their interest or fanaticism, gather in small groups around the one they appreciate the most. Each clan has a standard and a status to respect. This is not a new conflict in the church, for even in the Bible we see Paul addressing this issue persistently.

People chose who they supported. This caused jealousy and arguments within the Corinthian Church. Some were with Paul, others with Apollos, and still others with Christ. This is why Paul approached the subject with a certain reserve, believing that the problem did not come from him, nor from Apollos, nor even from Christ, but rather from those who, without good reason, were in competition.

Paul took care to define his role which was to sow the word in the lives of Christians and that of Appolos, to water. His approach aimed to demonstrate that everyone had a mission to accomplish within the Church. Indeed, it is not the one we love the most who counts or who will receive God's reward, but it is the one who will last until the end without looking back. I suggest you never elevate one leader above another because you value his ministry more than the other. But, in all wisdom and humility, express your love and appreciation for the work they both do in your life.

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