What I Read Today;
1 Corinthians 3; Matthew 19; Ezekiel 5; Psalm 140; 2 Samuel 5
Paul has quite a mess on his hands in Corinth. People have broken down into cliques. Each one is now aligned with an individual Pastor. When you read the opening 2 chapters in Chapter 3, you can almost hear Paul’s head hit his hands.
I think these situations happen more than many of us realize. A popular minister leaves, and attendance crashes.
Why does this happen? It happens because people focus on the messenger and not the message.
Keeping the focus on Jesus and not themselves is the struggle that Pastors face.
For those in the pews, it’s tempting to focus on the style of the preacher. Digging into the message can be tough when your fighting with your kids or the problems at work. It’s easy to slip into a comfortable Sunday morning mode of being entertained.
True discipleship is hard work. Digging into the message on Sunday’s requires us to actively listen. We need to participate if we are going to grow in our walk of faith.
That’s what Paul is talking about when he says, “And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh.” NRSV
However, the more we dig in, the more God comes closer to us. God rewards our efforts by coming closer to those who wish to be close to him. Take the time to dig into God’s Word. You’ll never regret it!