Working together with God

How often have you heard someone use an expression like, “It’s about time you just grow up!” It is normally used when an adult is acting in either a childlike, immature or foolish way. 

Paul writing to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 3, expresses very similar sentiments to them, when he says, “I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.” (1 Cor 3vs1) What he is implying is now that they have been Christians for some time, the envy, strife and divisions they have amongst themselves are typical of “children” in the faith, and even worse, these are the kinds of things they would do when they were not yet believers. But now that they are in Christ things should be different. In vs2 of ch3 Paul uses figurative speech when he notes that when they were still babies in the faith, he fed them milk, and he would have expected by now they should have moved onto solid food, but he says they are not yet ready to receive it because they are still acting as babies. 

This is quite some reproof to the church at Corinth, but Paul doesn’t bring this reproof with an attitude of judgement or criticism, rather his desire and goal is for the Corinthian believers to be the church that God had designed and desired them to be. It was not God’s intention for there to be division or tension in His church, but His desire is to see the church, His body working together in unity, and love to the glory of Himself. As God sent different apostles to instruct and teach the church, it was so that the people in the church would grow in their faith and become the people God had called them to be, that together they might be a witness for Him where He had planted them. 

As we look at 1 Corinthians 3 on Sunday, we will note that God is the “architect” of His church, and God has a “building plan” for His church. His desire is that His people together would keep in step with what He is doing. 

Your fellow servant in Christ

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