Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3.
(What is God saying here?)
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (NLT)
1 Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life.
2 I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, 3 for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
I believe that sometimes when we take a passage and readjust the way the verses are read, or try to make a question out of a statement in the passage, it helps you to get a better understanding of what is being said. For example, as I read this passage I thought: So if we are jealous of each other and quarrel among ourselves, then we are still controlled by our sinful nature? I believe that this is exactly what Paul is saying. Further, Paul reminds us that when we are living this type of life we must be handled as infants as we could only understand the simplicity that the unsaved, or the world, could understand. In other words, teaching of the 101 classes. When someone speaks to us like we are still children, we quickly get upset at them, but if that’s the only thing we are capable of understanding, then there is little use in advancing to the next or more mature or deeper stuff. If, as adults, we were told that we had to go back to elementary school, we would hate to think of that. Therefore, I hope that we would sincerely think about our growth in the Lord, in His Word, in our relationship with Him, in our daily walk with Him, and make every effort to mature our commitment to God. Think about ‘relationship’ friend, it is something that requires daily communication with the other person and making every effort to better understand them so that you may please them in every way. Our relationship with God is no different; our daily communication is through prayer. Getting to understand God better and what He likes and wants from us is achieved through reading of the Word, the Bible. Things that encourage us in this relationship is meeting and mixing with others of similar faith, because we lift each other up, we pray for each other, we share with each other and we love each other sincerely – that’s church. How are you being looked at today by your pastor – a babe, or a committed maturing child of God? Only you, with God’s help can affect the necessary change to reflect maturity in your Christian walk!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord, this is a passage that brings with it deep thought about our spiritual condition. I pray that You, who began a good work in me, will continue to encourage and strengthen me to full maturity in You, so that I may not only be blessed by You, but that I may influence others for Jesus also. Just as I was reminded of the ongoing commitment to maturity through this passage, I pray that all who may read this devotional today may be blessed and challenged with the same thought and desire to grow in You today.
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