All Things Are Yours

Corinthians 3:18-23

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

I thought this was a nice follow up to my previous post “Biblical Teamwork”.

Romans 12:3-9 was the first reference that I had found in the Bible to teamwork, it was Paul’s first reference to synergy. I’m sure when I do my next read through of the Bible I’ll be looking for earlier and more subtle references but for now it’s the first time it clicked for me.

What this passage from Corinthians has shown me is that Paul not only understood the importance of teamwork, which in this case was to strengthen the Church and spread the Word, but he was also a team builder.

Paul is telling the Church, we are a team and it is not important who is your leader or who is conveying the words of Christ, what is important is the words.

He is saying you are all part of this team.  Don’t consider yourself to be smarter or wiser than everyone else, for your comparison is not to man but to God.

In Romans 12:3-9 Paul tells the team how all play a role and each role is just as significant as the other.

In Corinthians he reminds us, we as not comparing ourselves to each other.  We are a team that needs to work together, for all things are yours.

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