Thursday, September 15, 2005

1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15

My guess is that anyone who is reading this is interested in being spiritually mature; in feeding on the solid food of the adult rather than the milk of infants. We are those who want to go deep in Christ!

Clearly, being “spiritual” involves both knowledge and practice. No matter how much Scripture we may have stored up in our head, or how much time we have spent studying it, if we still behave like people in the world pursuing human inclinations (as The Message puts it: “what makes you feel good” or “what makes you look important”), well, we’ve apparently missed the proverbial boat.

And yet knowledge is extremely important. It seems to me the fundamental failing of the Corinthians—which in itself lead to their misbehavior—was they missed the scope of what God was doing. They were so caught up in what Paul or Apollos was doing that they missed the bigger picture of what Jesus wanted to do. Is it possible that the church in all its divisions has the same problem today?

One thing is for sure; if our life continues to be marked by “infantile” behavior (again, the Message) like the jealousy and quarrelling that keep us from loving and appreciating one another as Christ loved us, we can be sure that somewhere, in some way, we’ve gotten off track. No matter how much we might like to think we understand and participate in what God is doing in the world through Jesus, if we are not loving “our neighbor as our self”, that is not in fact the case.

Nothing new in that, is there? Nothing we don't already know. But the tough part is… doing it.

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