Verse: 1 Corinthians 3:1-4
Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as 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 men? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?
I've been coaching a U13 team for a year. We started out pretty disorganized. Not many of them had played at a competitive level before. This weekend we played our best game yet. We looked like soccer players! We had good passing, good spacing, and two great goals.
That is a sign of growth. We are developing, growing, maturing, and getting better.
What's interesting about this passage is that Paul seems to think we should be doing something similar in our spiritual lives! We should be growing, maturing, and developing in our spiritual lives too.
It's a great challenge and reminder. It can be easy to just kind of sail along never really thinking about growing in our faith. It can be easy to kind of just do the same stuff, or to view our faith as just a moral code and not a relationship that we are growing in.
But God offers us so much more. He offers us a growing, living faith. If our faith is healthy we should be learning. We should be becoming more like Jesus. Our love for Christ and others should be growing. Our desire to serve and bless others should be increasing.
Do you see growth and development in your faith, or have you gotten stagnant? If you are stagnant, what can you do to kick start your faith and start growing again?
Help me to continue to grow, more and more, in you Lord!