Sunday, March 24, 2019
There is one thing for sure; God wants us to grow in our faith and come into a place of dynamic, passionate, spiritual maturity. However, He knows that maturity does not come through our own efforts; only God can transform our hearts in every area and give us the growth we need.
“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, ‘I am of Paul,’ and another, ‘I am of Apollos,’ are you not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, in the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase.” (1st Corinthians 3:1-6)
Paul is telling the truth when he says that God gives the growth – but if we are not growing in a certain area, is it God’s fault? No, God is not to blame! Perhaps we are resisting the work God is doing in our life. In this letter to the Corinthian church, Paul is saying that jealousy and strife are the culprits causing the church to remain babes instead of maturing. In other words, he is talking to carnal Christians. They have invited Jesus to come into their lives but they have not let Him be Lord of their lives.
Jesus wants to be Lord of our lives, but He will not be Lord of anything that we do not release to Him.