I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren't ready for anything stronger. 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 NLT
Paul was concerned. In spite of all he had taught them, the Corinthian Christians were not maturing as believers. Something was holding them back. They were not able to receive the solid food that Paul wanted to give them.
The problem? The flesh still dominated the lives of these believers. As a result, they were spiritual infants. To use a parallel from the natural world, we grow physically when we receive the right nourishment. Without this food, our growth is stunted, and we never fully develop. We are likely to become anemic or even die.
These same principles are true in the spiritual world. Some may be born again and even know God, but they never mature. They remain spiritually weak and underdeveloped, never reaching their full potential as Christians.
The answer to this problem? A regular intake of solid spiritual food. Then we must put what we’ve learned into practice. We must spend more time with God, and less time focusing on our fleshly interests.
How do we get this spiritual nourishment? By feeding on the Bible, letting God’s Word sink deeply into our minds and hearts. By being completely absorbed in the Lord’s teachings, realizing that His words give us life. By knowing that Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35).
Today, remember that you can choose what you think about and what you allow into your mind. It’s up to you to determine how you spend your time. If you want to grow spiritually, nourish yourself with spiritual food. Crave God’s Word, and feed on Jesus, the bread of life.
PrayerFather, I seek spiritual discernment through Your Spirit. Open my eyes and heart. Give me spiritual insights! In Jesus name. Amen.
Extended Reading1 Corinthians 3