21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23
There are so many great verses and passages within First Corinthians that these three verses get overlooked. The congregants in the early Church had strong, dynamic, and well-sought-after leaders much like we do today. Often, though, these leaders become “crutches” for our own confidence and spiritual journey. We look to them to “feed” and “nurture” us. But they too are mere humans. They’re not perfect nor should we expect them to be.
“Everything is ours,” Pal wrote. What is this everything? Confidence. Life. Hope. Freedom. Responsibility. Today. Tomorrow. The future.
Because we are in Christ, and Christ is of God, we can make wise decisions about our life. We can move forward in confidence. We don’t have to rely on leaders. We may want to rely on them but we don’t have to.
Read these verses a few times. What was Paul trying to say? I certainly don’t want to read anything into these verses, nor do I want to leave anything out.
I think if we can grasp the idea Paul was teaching us, it could transform the way we think about life and leaders.