Happy New Year, Everyone!
But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:1-6, ESV.
Yes, Ava is growing up! She had a birthday in the late summer, and now she is no longer a puppy by age. No more chewing on furniture; no more whining at the table; no more antics when we are trying to put her in her kennel. At least that is the expectation. What we did not plan on was that Ava did not realize that her birthday means maturity. There are days that she still races around the house with her favorite toy in tow and others when she still whines for food at the table. Just because her age changed, does not mean that her maturity has kept up.
And so it is with us as believers. We are supposed to be growing and changing—becoming more like Christ every day. We reach milestones, anniversaries of our spiritual birthdays, or we achieve age as Christians, but our maturity does not always keep up. Paul reminds us in the passage today that mature Christians eat meat—they digest the Word of God on a regular basis and use its essence to fuel their Christian walk. Maturity means letting go of pettiness—jealousies and strife. Guarding one’s own territory or possessions with an eye of envy, or being entangled in a bitter rivalry, are both indications that we have not grown enough in our spiritual walk. When we depend on others to lead us and tell us what the expectations are as our only source of growth, we are still drinking milk. Infants, like puppies, need others to tell them what to do, and when to do it. It is time for us to mature, not just age, in our faith. It is time to rise to the expectations of spiritual adulthood and start eating the meat of the Word for our own good.
Thought provoker: Does your spiritual maturity reflect your spiritual age, or do you have some growing to do in the coming days?
Lord, thank You for your expectation of growth and maturity, not just age, in my spiritual life. Help me to consume Your Word, to really “chew” on its meaning and apply it to the core of my being to create a change everyone can notice in the coming days, because I want to become more like You! Amen.
Hope you have a good, Godly day!