Read: Ephesians 4:1-32
“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly.”
1 Corinthians 3:2-3a NIV
I picked up the phone and tucked it between my shoulder and my ear as I began sorting the paperwork management had left on our desk. “Nursery, this is Anna.”
“This is one of your customers. My name doesn’t matter,” replied the woman on the other end. (I was rather taken aback by the spy-like response.) “I was just calling to let you know that I have a bunch of peach trees that are just giving me a bumper crop this year!”
Smiling, I leaned back in my chair. “I’m glad to hear that.”
“Yes, well, I wanted you to know because years ago, someone out there informed me that peach trees don’t grow from peach seeds. I wanted you all to know in case you’re laboring under some mistaken idea that they don’t, that they do!”
“Well, yes ma’am, peach trees do grow from peach seeds.” I frowned, puzzling over which employee could have made such an elementary mistake.
“Well, someone told me that they don’t and I just wanted to make certain that you don’t go on giving out misinformation to your customers.” With that, she hung up.
I laughed as I returned the phone to the wall, imagining how the conversation might actually have gone:
“I just planted some peach pits and I need to know what I need to do to get them to grow,” my customer could have explained.
“You probably won’t be able to. It’s difficult to get a peach tree to thrive in our climate and growing one from seed is next to impossible. Besides, pollination will affect the variety of peach that grows from the seed. It may not have the same quality as the peach from which it came,” my imaginary employee would have replied, clearly sympathetic, but less than hopeful.
Either way, the question would not have been one of peach trees growing from peach seeds, but of whether it was possible to grow such a tree successfully in our area. Unfortunately, the Corinthian church wasn’t much different. Paul had given them clear instructions regarding God’s plan for His people. But just as my customer had failed to remember her early botany lessons, the Corinthians had failed to recall the Apostle’s spiritual lessons. Instead of adding virtue to their salvation, they continued in sin… and the Apostle found himself repeating what should have been quite clear. The problem wasn’t one of understanding how salvation was obtained (through the seeds of faith), but of nurturing it properly as it grew.
Challenge: Are you nurturing your faith properly? This week, take time to prayerfully consider how you are (or aren’t) growing in Christ. Then, commit to creating the proper environment for your faith to thrive!