I'm so honored to have the opportunity to lead Women on Wednesday (WOW) bible study at my local church, cfa (Concord, NC) every Wednesday night at 6:45 pm! Our close-knit tribe gathers every week to pray, pour through scripture or the latest bible study out there, and just generally share our lives!
I'm still studying/reading through 1 Corinthians, so we'll move on to the 3rd chapter! Whenever I read this, I have to resist the urge to say, "Got Milk?"!
"You are living your lives dominated by the mind-set of the flesh. Ask yourselves: Is there jealousy among you? Do you compare yourselves with others? Do you quarrel like children and end up taking sides? If so, this proves that you are living your lives centered on yourselves, dominated by the mind-set of the flesh, and behaving like unbelievers. I had to nurse you and feed you with “milk,” not with the solid food of more advanced teachings , because you weren’t ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready to be fed solid food."
1 Corinthians 3 : 2-3 TPT
Y'all - Paul is NOT PLAYING with the Corinthians! In this chapter, we see Paul still speaking with the Corinthians (remember, he was writing specifically to address some problems that were sent to him while he was away) about the issues within the church at Corinth. There was jealously, comparison and fighting - pretty much the stuff we see in church today, which led Paul to believe that the church was not spiritually mature. This led Paul to conclude he could only offer them spiritual "milk" because they were not ready for the "meat" of God's word. I love how he ended the scripture with, "in fact, you are still not ready for solid food" LOL!
If we are honest, we've all seen this exact behavior, right here in 2020. Christians behaving like non-believers, fear and worry gripping people to the point of anxiety attacks, and spiritual mind-sets being abandoned left and right. What are we to do?! In these moments, I pray for myself, my church, my community, this country and this world. That we will turn from our worldly views and adopt the views of our heavenly Father. That we will turn away from flesh and temptation and soak in the goodness of God's promises to us. My prayer is that we will be ready and open to receive a hearty spiritual meal, instead of just milk!