For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
Thoughts for Today:In our passage today, Paul asks the Corinthians three rhetorical questions:
1. Who makes you different? Who outside of your circle considers you special? No one! As a result they should see themselves as very ordinary people who are completely dependent on the Lord.
2. What do you have that you did not receive? Nothing! All they have was given to them by God. They should be thankful not prideful.
3. Why boast as though you received nothing? The Corinthians elevated themselves as patrons of Paul or Apollos, yet neither had called nor equipped them -- only God had done so.
Paul was an extraordinary theologian, and Apollos an accomplished orator. Yet God made them both. Who makes us different from one another? God does. Who provides different and individual gifts to us? God does. So why would we take glory in ourselves (or in someone else), if it is God who made each and every one of us the way we are? To the Lord alone belongs all praise and glory!
Questions to Ponder:Are you having difficulty seeing another's value? Perhaps you've placed too much emphasis on your own. Take a step back and look at others as God may see them. Does that help with your perspective?