A Mature Christian
I Corinthians 3:1-3
1. And I brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2. 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.
3. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as met?
Carnal (definition): Controlled by your own desires
Spiritual (definition): Led by the Spirit, holy.
What kind of a christian are you? How long have you been saved? Are you where you should be in your walk with the Lord?
Have you ever noticed kids…..they are so easily pursuaded, swayed one way or another. We should not be like that in our christian life.
Are we carnal…..controlled by our own desires. Or, are we spiritual…allowing the holy spirit to lead us in every area of our life?
14. That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive:
Have you ever noticed how easily and quickly kids can change their minds? It just depends on their environment. You can suggest something for them to do, and they loath the very idea. Yet, let a friend or buddy have the same idea and they are all for it. I have never understood that! One way one minute, and totally different the next.
We get like that in our Christian walk. If we do not keep ourselves growing in God, we will do the same thing. If we are not careful we will listen to non believers, and take their advice on things, instead of going to God.
Just like food helps our physical body to grow and mature. It takes God’s word to allow us to grow spiritually. You can not expect to walk closely with the Lord, and fulfill His will for you if you are not filling your spiritual soul with the “food” needed for the journey.
Eventually kids put down sippy cups for a glass. Put down crayons for a pencil. Set aside the bib for a napkin. Our physical bodies were designed to grow and mature. So is our spiritual man on the inside.
When we see envying, strife, and divisions, these are signs of immature christians. Do you possess these traits? Are you always discontent with what you have, wanting what others have? Do you get easily angered, defensive, always struggle for victory in tempral things? Do you allow disagreements to cause tension or hostility? We should ask God to help us grow.
Some ways to help us grow in the Lord;
- 1. Read through your Bible
- 2. Choose a topic in the Bible to study
- 3. Participate in your church
- 4. Keep a prayer journal
- 5. Find a mature christian, and ask them to help hold you accountable for your actions.
Be encouraged to strive to be the mature christian God would be pleased with.