Brothers and sisters, in the past I could not talk to you as I talk to spiritual people. I had to talk to you as I would to people without the Spirit—babies in Christ. The teaching I gave you was like milk, not solid food, because you were not able to take solid food. And even now you are not ready. You are still not spiritual, because there is jealousy and quarreling among you, and this shows that you are not spiritual. You are acting like people of the world. (1 Corinthians 3:2-4)
In what areas do you most struggle spiritually?
How does your spiritual life coordinate with the rest of your life?
How is God challenging you to take “next steps” spiritually?
Spirituality can take on many meanings from a variety of religions to a concoction of self-mixed beliefs and assumptions. But spirituality is biblical. God created us to be spiritual people. He wants us to live by the Holy Spirit and set all other influence and guidance aside. Living by the Spirit should rationally be easier than living on our own. After all, the Holy Spirit is God working within us. His influence comes from within, guiding each step, decision and response. However, living such a spiritual life is easier said than done, mainly because it involves yielding. We soak in the world around us and feel as if we have some control over how we respond to it. We learn to live from the outside in because it seems more natural. We absorb and respond. We feel we have more control when we’re actually becoming passive in allowing what’s around us shape us. Allowing God to work through us is active. We must actively still and yield ourselves in order to listen and respond. How God directs us might not make sense to us, but it’s because we have a limited perspective. God sees all the details. He knows absolute truth. He will never misguide us. We, on the other hand, will generally get ourselves into messes no matter how confident we are.
Are you ready for solid food? Take your time as you chew today. Consider what God is spiritually feeding you and how you’re responding. Ask him to make necessary changes in your spiritual diet.