Viewing Leaders in the Church

Chic Broersma

READ : 1 Corinthians 3:1-22

So let no one boast in men. (v. 21)

In our television age the emphasis is on image: a presenter’s good looks and charisma.
This attitude creeps into the church, and the preacher’s skills become the focus rather
than the cross. Actually, there’s nothing new about that.

When my wife and I were dating, we stopped at my grandpa’s house so I could introduce
Nancy to him. Over dinner we talked about church life. One of his counsels stands out:
“Don’t focus on the man.” To illustrate how devious some preachers could be, he told a
story about a preacher who boasted to his friends that he could have people laughing and
crying at the same time. It was in the early days of the Dutch church when the preacher
wore formal dress, including a frock coat with tails. As he preached vigorously, moving
here and there, the choir behind him smiled as his tails waved about, while the eyes of
his listeners before him filled with tears from his emotional stories.

Paul declares if we think we are wise in “this age” we should become what the world
considers fools so that we may become truly wise. What matters most has been done. Jesus
Christ has become the cornerstone. Beyond that, each of us is either a “planter” or “one
who waters” the seed of the gospel. Nothing more. God alone reaps the growth. Faithful
preachers deserve respect and support, but God alone deserves our praise.

Of whom will you boast today? Your preacher? Your church? The cross?


Lord, help me forget myself in speaking for Christ.