Tuesday 20 August, 2019
“But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of flesh, as infants in Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:1 ESV)
The Christian life in so many ways can be likened to the biological life of a human being. As one is born physically, one has to be born spiritually (John 3:3). Like physical babes who needs physical milk so do spiritual babes need spiritual milk, the word of God (1 Peter 2:2). As an infant steadily grows into maturity, so ought a spiritual infant to grow. However, sometimes there can be growth retardation at infancy when a child isn’t growing at the normal rate for their age. Growth retardation is an abnormality mostly as a result of hormonal deficiency and other internal and external factors.
Just as growth retardation in the physical growth is undesired, so is spiritual growth retardation. Spiritual growth is quickened by the Holy Spirit but sustained by both the infant and the spiritual environment. The church ought to provide a suitable environment for this growth as much as the spiritual infant ought to make use of the environment. Sometimes both the church and the new born babe do not ensure this growth, so retardation occurs.
The Corinthian Christians were spiritually stunted that Apostle Paul referred to them as “infants in Christ.” They remained carnally minded, full of the flesh even after many years of being in Christ. This was evidenced in their immature sectarian view of the church. Spiritual retardation can be very dangerous to an individual Christian and the whole body of the Church.
As an individual, you ought to ensure that your spiritual growth is sustained through regular quite time, fellowship with others and continued desire towards Christlikeness such that you don’t remain a spiritual infant.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help my longing soul to continually grow into full maturity in Christ. Amen!
Rev. J. Tabi, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Student