TUESDAY September 12, 2017
Minister to the Immature
…and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth… - 1 Corinthians 1:1-2
The Apostle Paul, in writing his letter to the Corinthians, spoke about relationships and how important they are. Sosthenes was called a brother in Christ. In the Greek Sosthenes means “safe strength.” He was one of the Jewish synagogue leaders who gave his life to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Immediately, Paul began to minister to this man. He invested time into his life, so that Sosthenes could win other Jews to the Lord.
Like Paul, we are to minister to God’s people; we should never take from them. Mature Christians need to help new, immature Christians grow spiritually into maturity. We need to help them in their faith.
Paul loved the Corinthian church––the believers. He had tried to feed them spiritually, but they were caught up with becoming part of the Corinthian’s sinful society. They were partakers of the sin and carnality happening in Corinth. Paul could not speak to them as spiritual people:
And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal… (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).
I think Paul has given to us one of the greatest signs of maturity in a person’s life. It is when a man or woman feeds daily on God’s Word. The Word of God has become their source of spiritual food and, as a result, they will become mature in Christ. Is there any carnality that you need to lay aside, so that you can grow to full maturity in Christ?
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
~1 Peter 2:1-2~
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