I am sure you have heard the concept of milk and meat before, right? 1 Corinthians 3:1-2 talks of how these people that Paul is talking to is still in the “milk” stage of understanding. Paul is letting them know that they are still fleshly people and they just don’t quite get the basics of Christianity, so they need to work on that. The illustration of this passage is that of a child that can’t stomach the tough meat that you and I can stomach. The child needs to start off with easy things to digest until the stomach has matured enough to digest the meat. In the same way we as Christians need to make sure that we have the basics down before we run to the complex subjects of Christianity. Simple enough, right?
I do think we need to slow down before we get a bit too cocky and confident in our Christian digestive tract. What are the particular basics that Paul is talking about here? Believe it or not, he is not exactly talking about how to worship God, and how to be saved! Are those basics that we need to know? Absolutely yes, but that is not what he is talking about here. Look at verses 3-4 and you’ll see the real problem. The problem is that they are jealous of each other, and they are causing strife with each other! The church of God, the people that are going to spend eternity with one another is splitting up and getting into stupid little fights which is causing disunity.
So wait Adam, you’re saying that if I have a hard time getting along with my brothers and sisters, then I’m still in the milk stages of Christianity?
That is exactly what I’m saying. The sad fact is there are so many Christians that have been Christians for most of their life, but according to God they are still in the milk stages of Christianity. Why is that? It’s because they can’t stomach one of the most crucial parts of Christianity. We need to remember that we are a family! These are the only people that we are going to spend eternity with, so why do we think that we have the right to not get along with them? If we want to claim to be strong Christians, then we need to be able to get along with our good Christian brothers and sisters in Christ.
- Adam M. Warnes