1 Corinthians 3:1-4
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. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
Gosh Paul is unhappy with his friends in Corinth in this passage. I am always amazed how much choice God gives us about how connected with Him we want to be. It’s up to us. We can stay as children of the faith or we can put some effort in to grow up and mature. Growing from a child to an adult takes time, effort and learning – the same is true for growing up in the faith. What sort of things are you doing to learn more about God and your faith?
Some of our maturity comes from what we believe. As we grow up in faith, we get a better and stronger idea of what God wants us to focus on. God thinks unity is important, He thinks individuals are important, He thinks living a life of peace and grace is important. All these ideas mean that arguments about theology or splits in the faith family because some believe one person while others believe another person are probably not what God would like us to be doing. No wonder Paul was frustrated.
Lord help us to want to grow up in the faith – that it is a priority in our lives. Please help us to see where we need to learn more. Lead us to the ways for us to learn more that work for us – books, courses, podcasts, spending time with someone further down the track, group bible studies, quiet time etc. Thank you that you want to lead us along this process and that you have a way that will work for each and every one of us.
Written by Therese Manning