First Steps – November 16, 2020

1 Corinthians 3:5-6 says, “What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

Often when one thinks of their missional service, he/she thinks they have to do the work alone. One feeds and clothes the poor, another spreads the gospel, and still another one cares for the sick. What Paul reminds all is that God added to the work of Apollos and Paul or any person. Actually, the English version doesn’t fully express the thrust of the verse. It is more than a one-time past action. It is a continued action by God. A past action that continues and continues. The ripples never end.

In the text, God continually adds to the work of Apollos and the work of Paul so that it constantly grows. God does the same with us. Every good work, every gospel word spoken is added to by God and God continually adds and adds so that God’s Kingdom comes. The work of God never stops. I hope you take courage in everything you do in the name of God, regardless of how big or small, God will always add and add and add until it reaches its full effect. How great is His mercy for all—Thanks be to God!

This Week’s Readings:
  • Monday – 1 Corinthians 2
  • Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 3
  • Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 4
  • Thursday – 1 Corinthians 5
  • Friday – 1 Corinthians 6
Please Pray for:
  • Families in crisis.
  • Friends and family members battling illness.
  • Those seeking to find their way.
  • The St. Paul Church family and our ministries.
  • The United Methodist Church family.
  • Our leaders, our country, and our world.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6