Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 3
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
Spiritual immaturity not only plagued the church at Corinth, but is a major problem today as well. Paul referred to this state of stunted spiritual growth as carnal. Some indications of being carnal are first of all feeding only on the milk of God’s Word, and not being able to digest the meat. Another indicator is envy, strife, and division. The believers at Corinth were divided. Some favored Paul, some Apollos, and some another preacher. Let me paraphrase Paul’s response; “Who are we?” Paul asked. “We are ministers called by God. Neither one of us are anything. We plant and water but it is God that gives the increase. We are on the same team and serving for the same purpose. Each worker will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are labourers together with God.” Paul’s argument to the Corinthians was “do not glory in men.” Praise God for every person He gifts and places in the body of Christ. These belong to us and bless us, but our main focus should be the glory of God. The cure for carnal Christianity is to build on the one foundation, Jesus Christ; be blessed by the one family, God’s people; and be of one focus, bring God to glory.
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, mature our faith and may there be unity in Your church today. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron