We begin our little chat in the book of First Corinthians chapter 3. But before I begin. A little ground work is necessary in order for you to comprehend what the Apostle Paul is up against. Paul had established a church of new believers in Corinth. Hence the name Corinthians is use for this epistle. After having done so he continued on his apostolic journey to other places with the hope of establishing more Christian communities as well. But now he has returned to see how everyone is doing, having been away for quite some time. And he is not a happy camper. And so we begin reading chapter 3 and verse 1. And I brethren could not speak to you as spiritual Christians. But I have to speak to you as still being carnal. Even like babies in Christ. I have fed you with milk and not meat before. And still now you are not able to eat meat. Paul was disappointed in what he found going on after such a long absence. He like any father would. Was expecting to see some growth in the new church and its congregants. But in stead he walks in on the same diaper soiling bunch of babies.
As you read this book it is more than evident the he was more than a little bit peeved. He had no doubt prepared some more meaty teachings to help in the growth of these believers. But instead of teaching them something new. He has to go over the same infantile pabulum again. The Epistle of James chapter 1 verse 22. But rather be doers of the word and not only hearers. For in doing this you are deceiving your own selves. You’ve heard the saying…You have got to be kidding me? God is a God of action. He is not stagnant at any time. His creation is constantly evolving and active. And we are to be also. One of the reasons the Lord has brought me back to Catholicism is to instruct the babies. For never have I met such a grouping of more infantile Christians then those present in Catholicism. Now I am by no means tooting my own horn. But I do realize that God has given me a great deal. And guess what? He is expecting a return on his investment from me and from you.
The Gospel of Luke chapter 12 verse 48. This is Jesus speaking. For everyone to whom much is given. Of him shall much be required. And in a similar way. To him who men entrust much. They will require of him all the more. At some point in your walk you need to wake up my friend. Its not enough to go to church periodically and sit through the typical run of the mill easy come easy go messages. At some point the metal has to meet the stone to be honed. And the stone is by design able to where away some of the blade to make it sharper. James just said that we are to be doers of the word and not hearers only. You are required to evangelize. You are required to teach. You are required to be a light to the world. You are not to be a Christian bystander. There is no such office in Christianity named bystander. First of all. The so called Christians that I work with would not even be known to me as such had I not started a conversation with them about God.Their lips are sealed from speaking about Christ. They have bought into the lie of Satan not to speak of religion or politics. And even when I start a conversation with them. They are quick to change the subject or contribute nothing at all.
In this they are worse than babies for they have been taught something…albeit very little. And they are ashamed to even speak of Christs name. Jesus said that no man having put his hand to the plow …who looks back…is worthy of the kingdom of heaven.You do not begin your walk with Christ by sitting down on the first park bench that comes along. You beginning by crawling. Then you walk. Then you run. And then you fight. Yes my friend fight. The book of First Timothy chapter 6 verse 12. Fight the good fight of faith. And grab hold of eternal life. Whereby you have been called. And you have made a good profession of such before many witnesses. I want you to think of something for a moment. And this is critical to your own salvation. Timothy said to grab hold of eternal life. Envision if you will a drowning man. To who a life preserver has been thrown. Just how tightly do you think he or she will grasp that ring? Do you think you could pull it away from them?
Do you think for one moment that having grabbed it they are going to let it go? And just how many witnesses do you think could be brought forth to testify on your behalf. Of your being a good Christian? How many people in say the past five years.. have you struck up a conversation with about your own salvation or the need for their own?
It seems to me that you are in a bit of a pickle to say the least. You are the very babe to which Paul was addressing his remarks. You are in fact useless to yourself and the kingdom of God. And that needs to be addressed and now. I can promise you this. When you start to open your bible and read on a regular basis. And when you then start to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and begin to witness to those around you. You are going to get charged up. You are going to feel so good inside that you will wonder why you hadn’t done so sooner. God will begin to reward you in your inner man in ways that you cannot even begin to comprehend. Put down your rattle. Put down your pacifier and blanky. Get in the fight where you belong. Eat some meat you spiritual vegan. The Gospel of John chapter 9 verse 4. I must work while it is day. For the night is coming when no man can work….Get to work! Don’t be complacent sleeping like a spiritual bum on a park bench….To be continued