Spiritual Infancy – Daily Devotion for February 3rd

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Spiritual Infancy

Daily Devotional for February 3rd

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.

3 thoughts on “Spiritual Infancy – Daily Devotion for February 3rd

  1. It seems like a real difficulty in the American church that few know or can express the difference between their soul and spirit. And that confusion hinders maturity.

    This is compared to brothers and sisters living in persecution. Often they don’t have the resources we do –
    places to meet, pastors, fellowship, bibles – and yet their lives are marked by the presence of Christ and they have a maturity measured by knowing the Lord in a living way, that He’s real in them.

    • That’s some very deep insight brother Alan. I agree with you totally! My concern is; what will it take for the church in America to move beyond this? I hope it does not take great tragedy but I see very seldom anything short of tragedy will get a nation’s attention. God bless you brother!

      • What will it take for the church to move to maturity? Certainly, a ministry of the cross. Jesus named denying our self and bearing our cross as the only way to follow Him. And the result and goal He gives is that we will lose our self and find life in Him, and that lose is utterly, and that takes the cross. That means the reality of something in us dying and that is hard but it means life.

        His call to that is an invitation, if anyone desires to come after Me. A beginning to an answer to your question is the hunger that comes from seeing Christ with the eyes of the heart. But these are spiritual realities that don’t usually find a place in the preaching or teaching of the American church. I’ve been to churches of varying theology, but I can’t ever remember hearing a message on the difference between spirit and soul. And that’s not helpful. It’s a very practical thing to know that difference in yourself. We seem to accept the terminology and doctrine, but to live in the good of it in a living way seems to be missing. So another part of the answer would be preachers and teachers who would speak on these things.

        Most importantly, the work of the Holy Spirit, especially thru the Word, would help believers to know the reality of these things. We quote the verse a lot but somehow we pass over its truth. “The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The division of soul and spirit is not poetry but something vital. God gives us His Word to work these things in us, so that they’re real in us. Somehow church here seems content to settle for teachings that appeal to the mind, and worship that appeals to the emotions, and programs that appeal to the will, and they’re good as far as they go. But they never seem to touch spirit. And it’s not just that they’re not equipped to, the harder truth is that they were never designed to.

        Thankfully, it’s not left to the church to bring these things about, it is in the hands of the Spirit and where there are willing hearts, the way is open to follow. If anything, the tragedy is here already in how blind the church often seems to what matters.

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