And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people but rather as fleshly, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still fleshly. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not fleshly and behaving according to human inclinations?
Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. ~ I Corinthians 3:1-3, 18
We don't expect a baby to remain a baby, do we?
They grow. The learn. They crawl, then walk, then run.
They go to school, they get jobs. They have their own families.
In our own jobs, we also grow. Where we are after 20 years of working, is far different than where we were when we started out.
Why would our faith life be any different?
God created us to grow, to change, to evolve. Our faith - our understanding - as an adult should not be the same as our faith as a child, or confirmation student, or young adult.
Life impacts our faith life. Sometimes in joyful ways, sometimes in difficult ways, and sometimes in unhelpful ways, as was the case with the Corinthian church.
But we need more than life to move us along on our faith journey.
We need formation. Scripture, community, prayer, worship, adult education.
We are made to grow. In life and in faith.
- What are the ways you have adopted to grow in your life of faith?
- What are the things you have changed in understanding in your life of faith? What helped those changes come about?
Holy One, lead me, push me, pull me, prompt me along this journey of faith. Keep my footsteps sure and my eyes fixed on the places you would send me. Amen