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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Where Are You"

Date published: 03/10/2013
 
1 Corinthians 3:1-2 “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly — mere infants in Christ.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.”  (NIV)  
 
Close your eyes for a minute and visualize the Lord Jesus Christ saying to you, “Brother, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly.”  I feel a deep sense of sadness that Christ can find in me plenty of material to warrant such a statement.  One of Scripture’s best examples of disappointment is Peter.  Scriptures show how spiritual Peter could be and then show how attached to the world he could be.  Matthew 16:18-19, and 23 provides a great illustration of this:  “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven . . . 23 Get behind me, satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."  In 1 Corinthians 3:1-2, Paul explains the two stages of a Christian: 1) Worldly, an infant requiring milk; and 2) Mature, consuming solid food.  Maturity is where God wants you to be, but the world often hinders your progress towards maturity.  You remain an infant in Christ when you continue in worldly ways and never progress to Godly ways (solid food).  Remaining an infant in Christ occurs primarily from a failure to grow in increasing intimacy with Jesus.  You generally lack intimacy with Christ because of a deficiency in your intake of God’s Word and shallowness by not allowing the Holy Spirit to apply His Word in your life.  Remaining an infant makes you vulnerable not only to the world, but also to satan and your flesh.  It is solid food that lifts you to new levels of spiritual awareness.  God uses solid food to help you grow in your maturity which makes you more usable and fruitful for God.  Maturity is where God wants you to be.  Seek God daily in Word and prayer, but most importantly allow God’s Word to penetrate your life so that you grasp it and apply it wherever God is leading you.  
 
Ephesians 4:13-16 “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.  As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the Head, even Christ,”  (NASB)