But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I’ll nurse you since you don’t seem capable of anything more. As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a babe at the breast, content only when everything’s going your way?
(1 Corinthians 3:1-4 MSG)
“Hush, Little Baby,” is a traditional lullaby that promises all kinds of rewards to the child if he or she is quiet. Sad to say, there are Christians, who continue to act like children in their walk with God, immature in their dealings with Him and others. Such was the case of the Corinthian Christians whom the apostle Paul addressed in today’s passage. There was quarrelling, jealousy and envy among them, behaviours typical of little children. Although the church was gifted, it was immature and unspiritual.
It’s easy to point a finger at the Corinthians’ immaturity, but let’s turn that finger around and point it at ourselves for a moment. Don’t we, at times, come to God like children who will be quieted only if He grants us our heart’s desire? When all is well, we’re happy, but when it’s not, we cry to try to get Him to do what we want. Thankfully, God doesn’t sing lullabies to us and will not give in to our childish behaviour. Instead, He helps us to mature in our knowledge of Him and in our dealings with Him and other people. After all, just as babies are incapable of helping others, immature Christians are unable to help the lost and hurting people around them.
A baby Christian can’t make a difference in the world.