“For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men” (v9). After urging the Corinthians to regard him and Apollos as simply fellow-workers in the kingdom, Paul warned them not to “pronounce judgment” on anyone’s work or life in the short-term (v5). The apostles themselves, following Christ, were mocked, mistreated, and struggling financially, yet this was no reflection on the worth of their ministry.
God calls us to see one another as fellow servants of the King. Money and status on earth can’t measure our value; we wait for “God’s commendation” (v5).