1 Corinthians 3:1-4
“And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.” vs. 1
When Paul came to Corinth, he did not bring Christ to the people–Christ was already there, the Divine Spark that resides in every human. But he did see them as infants in Christ, a people unfamiliar with matters of the spirit and fully engaged in realizing their fleshly desires. He started slowly in feeding the Christ in them, giving them milk, and not solid food. We know what that’s like, for we do the same with our children. We start with simple meal and bedtime prayers, coupled with carefully chosen stories from the bible, and make sure they get to Sunday School. Later on we introduce them to the principles of Christlike living and gradually involve them in the rituals of worship. Our aim is for them to affirm the faith into which they were baptized; we crave for them to become mature spiritual persons, not merely religious vagabonds who chase after the latest trends in spirituality. Paul got frustrated in his work with the Corinthians. Despite his best efforts they never seemed to move beyond an elementary faith and constantly involved themselves in petty disputes over religious matters. We can’t blame him–it is disconcerting when those we love so much don’t seem to “get” the truth of the gospel. But what a blessing it is when they do “get it,” and devote their lives to simple, humble service!
Thought for the Day: A young person I know who “gets it”?