Daily Devotional for Friday February 3rd 2017
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. 1 Corinthians 3:1-2
One of the biggest challenges facing the American church today is spiritual infancy. If you live for the Lord, your spiritual growth cannot be stressed enough. It cannot be regarded high enough either. As the light of the world, the church is a spectacle for the world to see. If there’s anything that we must learn to get right, it is growing into spiritually mature believers so that the world sees not just a believer, but Christ In You!
Even though all of us start out in infancy, we should never remain there. Churches remaining in spiritual infancy is not a charge to the people on the pew, but in the pulpit. A leader cannot teach you how to grow in the Lord unless he has made some growth himself. When the disciples first came to Jesus, they followed and learned of Jesus. They followed and learned. This is what is asked of us today. How often though, do we say a sinner’s prayer and then go on with our lives as though we have not even had and experience with God?
As a newborn baby needs milk because it has not developed the teeth to chew on strong meat, Paul was giving the Corinthian believers some simple biblical teaching because it was all they could receive. He could not speak deep spiritual things unto them. If you notice in the verses that follow, Paul will reveal the specifics of their spiritual infancy; strife’s, envying’s, and divisions. These were all things that stunt our spiritual growth.
The devil will do everything he can in order to keep you from growing into a mature child of God. The reason is simple. He does not want you to become an offense to his work in this world. Living in sin will keep you from spiritual growth. Are you desiring to grow in the Lord? Do you desire the Lord to entrust you with a ministry, helping others grow, or leading people to deliverance and salvation? If so, then ask the Lord to bring you into spiritual maturity.