Ready For Solid Food
1 Corinthians 3:1-4(NIV)
1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
I remember a long time ago when my kids could only drink milk. They didn’t have the capacity to handle solid food. As they developed and their teeth start to grow, their curious nature prompts them to chew on anything that can fit in their mouths. Babies can only handle milk for so long before desiring for solid food. Now that they are in their pre-teens, they can’t stop eating.
Paul was addressing the disciples for their immaturity and how they were not ready to handle solid food. Spiritually speaking, they were still feeding on milk and infants in Christ. Paul reminded them that jealousy and quarreling among each other is worldly and immature. There is an expectation to accept one another and to love one another. Quarreling among siblings is also common for young children. I expect that the quarreling will not be as frequent as they grow older, but that will depend on how well Christ is accepted. Following Christ and his ways can help us to have perspective in our relationships.