Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:1 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4 For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
Observation: Paul continues to address areas of conflict in the Corinthian church. When the people divide themselves based on allegiance to a particular teacher “I belong to Paul” or “I belong to Apollos” they are showing their spiritual immaturity. They’ve yet to master basic things (milk) so they’re not ready for more difficult things (solid food).
Application: I mentioned in this space that my spiritual discipline for Lent was keeping the Sabbath – setting aside one day in seven during the week to devote to God. Now that Lent is over I’m asking myself, “How did it go?” Well… good and bad. First, the good. I feel good about the fact that I made an honest effort for the first time in my life. As I’ve mentioned before, Sabbath is not the same as taking a day off. It’s devoting a day to God, to dwelling on my identity as a child of God. Disconnecting from normal activities, and technologies, and productivity. I was blessed in the effort.
That said, I came up far short of the ideal. I still found myself wandering back into productivity during Sabbath instead of rest. I’d get distracted by the rest of the world around me which was not keeping the Sabbath. That’s the bad. I have a lot to learn about Sabbath.
Conclusions? Though Lent is over, I’ll continue the effort to keep the Sabbath. There is something powerful there I’m just barely touching right now. It’s a deep well of life and vitality I’ve yet to unlock, but I’ve seen enough to appreciate the promise it holds.
Prayer: Heavenly Father you commanded your people to keep the Sabbath as a mark of their covenant identity with you. That command continues today. Give me grace to continue pursuing the blessing of Sabbath, even in my human sinfulness and frailty. Do a work in me that I might move from “milk” to “solid food”. Amen.