Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, February 6, 2017

Solid Food

Here at Mount Hebron Presbyterian church we are continuing on Sunday mornings to look at passages that deal with the conundrums faced by the early Church in Corinth... and considering how their legacy still reflects in the life of today's churches. Last week our topic was “The Deep

In our reading this Sunday, from 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 Paul chastises the church for having many folk who, when it came to the gospel message, preferred spiritual milk to solid food. "Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready."

Paul's fear is that, unless they developed a taste for the meatier things of Christian life they would remain in a permanently malnourished state. Among the things he identifies as being immature behavior are partisanship, jealousy and quarreling. He is horrified by the fact they are still comparing this teacher with that teacher and never for a moment actually getting a grip of the lessons they were trying to teach them.

Of course, in order to digest solid food, one has to have reached a certain level of maturity. You have to have the desire to grow up. Peter Pan was a fictional character, yet there are some who in their spiritual life seem to have acquired a strange form of  “Peter Pan syndrome.”

I have actually heard people say that they didn't like it when preachers spoke about developing a deeper relationship with God. That wasn't what they were used to, and it made them nervous. They would rather just turn up at church, mumble a few hymns, put some money in the plate and go home for dinner, thankful that another service had been endured. Solid Food? “Not for me!”

We always have more to learn. We are never invited to a form of belief that is static, underdeveloped and going nowhere. We are designed for spiritual growth. Unlike physical growth, which reaches a plateau and then turns into a decline, spiritual growth is eternal in its scope. There are greater levels of maturity to strive towards.

So... questions to ponder as we approach Sunday.
  • Are you growing in your faith?
  • Are there particular areas in your Christian experience that need more attention?
  • What are the fears or circumstances that prevent you moving forward? (And what can you do about them?)
If we worry about not being to handle the challenge of growing in our faith, we should recall that growth is God's work. We are called to cooperate with the work of God's Holy Spirit in moving us onward and upward.

Which is a great cue for a song... "In His Time."

Have a great growing grateful beautiful week. And God Bless!

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