Amy Grant, a top Christian artist in the 1980’s, performed a song called “Fat Little Baby”. In the song she described the life of a Christian that refused to walk in maturity with Christ. The person wanted the benefits of being a Christian without living their life in a manner worthy of our Lord. Her point, and Paul’s point are the same. As we walk with the Lord, each of us should be living in a way that looks more and more like Christ each day.
Paul was looking at the division within the Church. We cannot place our faith in people, even Godly people. Our faith cannot swirl around the leaders and preachers we choose to listen to. Instead, our faith rests in Christ. We grow to understand that God uses various folks in various roles throughout our walk with the Lord.
We listen appropriately and then build our spiritual life on the solid foundation that Christ has built. Like any house, each of us look different based upon our personal experience and journey. Truly, however, the common element MUST be the leadership of our Lord.
Finally, we realize that our life’s work, and our eternal treasure will be weighed and assessed. If we have lived to please and to glorify ourselves; our lives will be left empty; and while saved, we will have little to show for the journey. We need to live and to build eternal treasures by becoming like Christ. Our legacy needs to be centered upon our eternal life not on this present one.
If we will live as citizens of Heaven, then what we do and what we give in our lives will last. We will grow on solid teaching and experience, not on shallow and non-substantial “baby food” that does little more than keep us alive in Christ!
God Bless You
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.