GROWING UNTO MATURITY!
"And I brethren, could not speak unto you, as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able." 1Corithians 3:1, 2
IN JESUS TODAY!
Many have received and understand the first principles of Christianity, the acceptance of Jesus into their heart, the Baptism by immersion, and the first principles of prayer and praise, but all too often there is little or no follow-up or continuance in the study of the word towards maturity. Paul is talking to the Corinthians in a way that is scolding them a little because he had been so long with them, yet they did not take the extra steps to show a motivation or desire towards growth. They were proud of their knowledge and the amounts of the Bible that they knew, but the application of the word of God was absent.
They were still arguing and fighting, biting and devouring each other, and not walking in unity or maturity. Gossip and evil intent still filled their hearts even while they were calling themselves Christian. In fact, they were Christian, but babes in Christ, still drinking from the bottle and not yet eating the meat of the word of God and putting love into action. In all things there is a training period, but there is also a time in which we are to move to the next level.
Having studied the words of Christ and partaken in the wisdom of God it is now time to apply it to our lives and be doers of the word. As it is written,
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." James 1:22
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory, both now and forever, amen." 2Peter 3:18
Father, forgive us our sins and let us grow in grace and maturity and love, so that we are forever united together with you.
Thank you Jesus, you are Holy, and true. Amen!