“But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh.”
1 Corinthians 3:1-3a
Take a moment and reflect on all that takes place when Christ redeems the sinner and brings them to salvation. First of all, it has nothing to do with our own merit, we did nothing to earn it, we are depraved, wicked and sinful. No one is righteous, not one. But God,in His own sovereign timing and will reaches down and rescues us from the clutches of sin and death through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. From then on, we are free to walk in righteousness through the power of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is sweet, and is an amazing piece of the glory of God.
So why is it that after we’ve been rescued we tend to forget all that took place? We take grace for granted and fail to continually long for the “solid food” of the Gospel versus the “milk” we received at the onset of salvation. Just as God doesn’t desire for a newborn baby to drink milk for the rest of its life, His desire for us is that we would continually be growing into the grace and right standing we’ve been given. I once heard a preacher say that sanctification (the process of being made holy) is getting used to your justification (the act of being declared righteous before God). We are to walk and grow in righteousness because we know who we are in Christ.
I was saved at the age of 8. I grew up in church, and was never really a “bad” kid according to worldly standards. However, as I grew older I realized that the Gospel wasn’t as deeply rooted in my life like I thought. When I moved away for college I experienced an intense period of sinful rebellion. There were times that I would feel extreme conviction for my actions but also others where, I’m ashamed to say, I didn’t feel any conviction at all. I was running from God and deep down I knew it. I was the poster child for what 1 Corinthians 3 says, “you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh.” While I would say that I was redeemed, I certainly wasn’t walking and growing in obedience like a child of the King.
So it begs the question, how many of us would say that we are Christians but don’t walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel? If you asked someone to describe the fruit that they see in your life, would they have anything to say?
As we reflect on the salvation that we’ve been given through Christ, and what we’ve been rescued from and rescued to, how can we become apathetic in our walk and not long for more of Him? The past few weeks the pastors at our church have been teaching a series titled When God Feels Distant. Many things can make us feel distant from the Lord: discouragement, disobedience, suffering and even lack of salvation itself. But for those of us who are in Christ, could it be that God feels distant because we’ve been walking far too long in the milk phase and not longing for anything more? I am living proof that there is more to a relationship with Christ than just saying yes to salvation. There is life, joy, hope and peace that will transform the way you live, the way you worship (singing, prayer, confession), the way you think and the way you view others. I pray that we would not be disobedient with the abundant grace that the Lord our God has bestowed upon all who believe.