Paul had to adapt his message to the capacity of his listeners as he explains giving them milk and not solid food. They were not ready because they still desired the things of this world. Reading in 1 Corinthians 3, the prove was in the jealousy and quarreling among them (v. 3).
A mature Christian desires the things of God by building their life on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Paul explains that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, we should take care of our physical bodies and on the inside fill our soul with the principles of Christ. Like seeds planted in fertile soil, these principles along with the clear water of the Spirit will allow these seeds to grow into the fruits of the Spirit.
One idea to plant these seeds is to memorize scripture. The mind is amazing if we feed it healthy information. With multi-media nowadays, we can get overloaded with false, misleading, and negative information. Just like too much junk food for our physical body, our mental/spiritual well-being depends on feeding our minds with healthy information.
Filling the mind with scripture and exercising the physical body go hand in hand as we take care of God’s temple. Other ideas for feeding the mind with healthy information include listening to Christian music, regular Bible Study, and reading inspirational writings. Instead of seeking worldly wisdom, let us seek the wisdom that only God can give as we go to Him daily in prayer.
This day with You Lord, we are letting Jesus carry our burdens. This provides peace and joy for healthy living. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we build our soul as we join with other believers and are willing to learn from each other. Keep us humble, teachable, diligent, upright, and always growing in faith. Amen.