Milk and solid food…

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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? 

I’m drawn to Paul’s use of the terms of “milk” and “solid food”. Milk is the dimension of faith that’s easy to digest – we are given everlasting life by faith in Jesus and received as children of God. Awesome! But there’s more to faith than simple salvation. As followers of Jesus we are called to bring our lives into alignment with the will and ways of God. We are called to serve others, to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. That’s the solid food part.

This week one of our church members named Brad organized an Easter egg hunt/Easter party for a group of families living in poverty. It took a lot of work from Brad and many others from our church to make this happen. Brad didn’t do this alone by any means, but it would not have happened without his leadership. To me Brad is a great example of someone who is demonstrating readiness for “solid food”. He is sharing the love of Jesus Christ first given to him by grace – and leading others in our church community to do the same.

I want to be more like Brad. Lord let it be so. Amen.

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