“Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, because you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, because you are still fleshly. For since there is envy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and living like unbelievers?” 1 Corinthians 3:1-3Hcsb Bible.
The Corinthian’s church was not the greatest example of a church we would like to model our lives after to say the least. This is the church that Paul was writing to in this letter. He wasn’t giving them praises like other churches. He was giving correction. And it would be easy to think of us as being better than the Corinthians but let’s take a step back.
If someone that didn’t know you and your personal religious life, came to hangout with out you at any given day, what would they leave thinking about you? Would it be that you really love your sports team( Dallas Cowboys in my case) or that you have interesting hobbies or that you’re smart? What would it be that they remember you for that sets you apart from others?
The Corinthian Church didn’t have anything that set them apart from the unbelievers. Or at-least, they didn’t act like they had anything different. Unfortunately we tend to have the same problem. Our co workers, and fellow students or the stranger you meet at a fast food place wouldn’t be able to know that we’re Christians and have God as our savior.
We may not cuss or attack people every chance we get, but most well mannered individuals can do that. That’s not what sets us apart from the unbelievers. I’ve met atheists and Buddhists that have more discipline than I do sometimes when it comes to my anger or words. So just being normal and not going to the extremes won’t set us apart. We have to actually live out the Christian life.
If that convicts you then we need to grow up and get ready for the solid food of our spiritual life. Just like babies drink milk and then get use to that and grow, we also can do the minimal(drinking milk) in our life but at a certain point, we get stale and stop growing as fast we need to.
We need to take what we’ve been given in the lessons from our elders and the Bible foremost and apply it to our lives. Then and only then will we then be mature enough to truly become more mature in our faith and learn more than before. God’s not going to overload you with growth unless he can trust you with the basics and apply it to your lives.
Now, you can become intellectual and memorize all the verses in the Bible but if you don’t apply it to your life, it’s all for nothing. You pretty much become the human bible google search instead of a mature Christian that is walking and acting out your faith. You can memorize the entire Bible but if you don’t commit to apply it, then the Holy Spirit isn’t going to force you to become mature and apply the big stuff.
So I have to ask you. Are you ready for solid food and to grow closer to God or are you stuck on milk and become complacent? Are you ready to act out your faith and apply it so that you become mature in the faith and because of that, then grow closer and know more each day?
I beg you to apply the word of God and the lessons we know to our lives. The world doesn’t need walking Bible libraries ( yes we need to memorize scripture and know it), but rather mature Christians acting out their faith in a real everyday life and not just on Sunday and Wednesday.
The world has seen Christians be hypocrites and act out in terrible ways and then go to church the next day. We need to be better, we need to eat better (spiritually) and we need to grow up as Christians.
I hope you all have a great day and if you have any questions or disagreements, just comment below or message me.