Let’s Grow Up

 

December 15

 

Read 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly-mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

 

Reflect

What does Paul say is evidence of spiritual immaturity?

 

When my kids were babies, they only drank milk. But they gradually started eating solid foods. Now, they are on a diet with a variety of solid foods. When they were really young, they didn’t know right from wrong, how to share, or problem-solve, so they fought all the time! Now that they are older, they still argue sometimes. But they are more mature now than they were as preschoolers. They are learning right from wrong and gaining social skills. They are growing up.

 

In this passage, Paul was admonishing the Corinthian church for their lack of spiritual maturity. They were not growing up! Paul had previously spent 18 months with the Corinthian church. When he wrote 1 Corinthians, he was in Ephesus and had heard of serious problems in Corinth-most of them stemming from spiritual immaturity. Like infants, they were not ready to eat spiritual “solid food.” They were not prepared to learn, discuss, and explore the deep things of God. They still needed a steady diet of milk-just the basics, over and over.

 

Plus, they fought like kids. They were fighting over which Bible teacher should have their allegiance. In 1 Corinthians 3:5-9, Paul explains how they were fighting over who’s “camp” to be in, Paul or Apollos? Paul reminded them that he and Apollos were co-workers. They were on the same team and in the same camp-God’s!

 

But this jealousy, in-fighting, and lack of depth in their spiritual understanding were all indicators of their immaturity in matters of the faith. They were saved, yes, but they hadn’t grown. They were still very much spiritual infants. In fact, Paul referred to them as “worldly.” They still acted like the rest of the world instead of as Christians living by the Spirit.

 

Friends, it is ok to be a baby Christian when you are just starting out. The basics of the Gospel (spiritual milk) are good and necessary. But we are called to growth. The longer we walk by the Spirit, the deeper our spiritual understanding should be. We should become less and less like the world but more and more like Christ. As God’s people, we should not be contentious and argue with each other. We should not be jealous of one another. We shouldn’t be acting like immature little children. We are on the same team! Church, let’s grow up together.

 

Pray

Father, I want to grow up in You. Help me to mature spiritually as I study Your Word and fellowship with other believers. May the fruit of your Spirit be evident in my life as I interact with those around me. Amen.


 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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*THANKYOUJESUS*
O Holy Spirit, please prepare me to cease drinking milk but to be welcoming of solid meat (spiritually) as I digest Your Word daily. Give me more to digest as daily I chew on Your Word
Spiritual milk is the Gospel. Child like Faith ♥️✝️
Amen
The best way to do just that is through ready The Only Book in the world that has any "Truth" and explains just how to live, The Holly Bible.
We all struggle with this. We all coast. We all get stuck. Thankfully, Christ is there to get us moving again!
FATHER, SOMETIMES I FIND MYSELF SLIPPING AWAY FROM THE GOSPEL OF YOUR WORD, BUT I THANK YOU FOR GUIDING BACK ON THAT PATH OF SPIRITUAL MATURITY FOR MY LIFE IN JESUS AMEN
Dear Lord, help me to mature spiritually as I study Your Word and fellowship with other believers. That is my pray also.
I need to remind myself of this, more often.
True indeed that we cannot be called a true law abiding Christian without growing spiritually. I need to remind myself daily when i stray from the "word" . Thank you for the devotion. Amen.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Child like Faith!!
Lord, I am not where I need or want to be in my spiritual maturity. Guide me and show me what I and how I can do to get to point I want and need to be to become spiritually mature. Lord, I have total faith and trust in You. I pray and thank You in Christ Jesus name, Amen.
Growing up spiritually may mean that you learn more about who Jesus really is and how much he loves you. When that gets deep in your heart other things become so much less important. Jesus who is our savior, lord and God loves us. If God is for us who can be against us. We no longer have to take care of ourselves, win arguments or live selfishly. Jesus will provide more for us than we possibly can believe and then heaven. Let’s learn to live and know Jesus more each day. Amen
I admit that I constantly fail to live up to the standard and example that Christ sets for us to follow, just the believers in Corinth. My lack of deep spiritual maturity shows I how I handle or react to certain situations. From Rev 3:19, resurrected Christ says, “Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.” Though one may lack spiritual discipline, if He/she is truly in Christ, the Spirit rebukes, instructs, and helps us mature into better followers of Christ. Lord Jesus, I am yours and admit my failures - please help me grow and mature into the disciple this world needs me to be....
Amen.
Amen
Yes thank you may I grow
Great
Thank you for this Pastor Nat. This is my check list scripture in my journey with Jesus. I thank God that we can mine scriptures to keep growing in Jesus Christ. Amen
Lord Do A New Work In Me That Only Please You