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1 Corinthians 3:1-3

1 Corinthians 3:1–3 (ESV): "But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh."

The most difficult words a Christian could hear are "you haven't changed a bit."  We are called to a life of perpetual growth. May we reckon the old man dead and allow the Spirit to mature us daily!

Paul put the CorinthIan's on the ropes three chapters into his letter by telling them they were not maturing in Christ.  This isn't an easy thing to say to someone but it is the most loving thing to say if it's true.  Paul can't have an adult conversation about Christ with these Christians because they haven't grown past the infancy stage of the elementary principles of the faith.  They are still taking their Word from the bottle because they are not applying what they know. They are not Spirit led but carnally minded!

If you were given a spiritual dexa scan right now would you see a change in your spiritual body composition from when you first believed?  Our walk is measured in our maturity.  It's not hard to grow, but it does take discipline. The road map for success is found in a daily pursuit of putting off the flesh and putting on the Spirit.  Don't be the like the Corinthians who hadn't grown in maturity, grow Christian.  Let the Spirit have control and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh which means you will mature in the Lord.  Pursue it with all diligence and you will transform and mature in Christ!

Father thank You for the call to maturity in Christ.  It's great that we are in Christ but we ought to be growing and maturing as well.  Come help us grow Lord.Remove the obstacles that are hindering us and fill us with a desire to change.  May it never be said of us, "you haven't changed a bit" but may others be able to recognize the transformation and may that bring You the utmost glory we pray in Jesus name, amen!

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