“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly: Are you not acting like mere humans?’” 1 Corinthians 3:2-3.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Joshua 1-2, Psalm 37, and 1 Corinthians 3.
I read today’s verses while being discouraged by my lack of a consistent Godly living.
These verses struck home because I finally got a description of myself that fit: I am a spiritual two-year-old.
I am always entertained when I am in a grocery store where a young mother is wheeling her two-year-old in the aisles. The two-year-old part comes to light when the child begins to make demands.
The volume goes up and there is no negotiating a way into a better scene. The youngster wants his/her way and will settle for nothing less.
How like me? I become so driven to have my own way that I will not be dissuaded to reconsider my intentions.
If I am close to God, I will not demand my own way. I will enter every situation fully armed with Him.
My level of spiritual maturity exposes itself every time I throw verbal tantrums, demanding my own way. I do this so often at home and I shouldn’t.
I have written often that one of my (many?) struggles is reacting badly to correction and criticism. Just like a 2-year-old!
If I was perfect, then I could assume that any correction or criticism would be unwarranted. I am a sinner. I need correction. God corrects me in a variety of ways IF I am willing to receive it. My immediate rejection of correction and criticism is an indictment of my lack of connectedness to God.
Solution? Do everything I can to attach myself to God in every waking hour. Brother Lawrence: “Think about God as often as you can, day and night, in everything you do. He is always with you.”
“Lord, I thank You for Your Word. I thank You when it hits home as today’s verses have done. I need to grow up spiritually. I surrender to You right now. Take every part of me over. I cannot function in a Godly fashion without having You running every part of me. Help me, God. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
How old are you, spiritually?