As the Lord brings challenges into my life and ministry, I am saddened with what seems to be “perpetual babyhood”. As I wrestled with the Lord over why we don’t see more maturity in the church, I turned to several Scriptures and Leonard Ravenhill’s book on revival. At first, I felt that my attitude was too critical – until I read Paul’s blunt words to Corinth.
“But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?” (1 Corinthians 3:1–3)
In the words of Ravenhill, Paul “deplores the baby state of the Christians in Corinth.” Paul’s solution was to work toward “the building up of the body of Christ…to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head into Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-15). So many conflicts and weaknesses would be resolved immediately if we took Paul’s burden for the church seriously. Will you?
Leonard Ravenhill, Revival God’s Way, A Message for the Church, Bethany House, 2006, page 23.
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