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Communion Meditations (2014)

Baby Food

Originally scheduled for August 17

When you purchase it at the store, it appears to be the most innocent of things. You look at that cute, charming infant on the label. Note that the child is completely clean, well-dressed and his hair is perfectly combed. This is the only place where a child remains that way; any parent who has ever fed a child in a high chair knows that a goodly portion of that food will soon be scattered everywhere. It will be all over his clothing; he will soon be using it to style his hair and it remains a great mystery how strained peas can possibly wind up between the toes of an infant who is wearing shoes and socks. The child, of course, is delighted with this result. That green stuff from the little jar is an excellent play toy. Why mother has to bring in the fire hose to clean up the mess…

Infants make a mess. This is true spiritually as well as physically. You think not? Consider what Paul has to say about it to the Corinthians:

And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?

(1 Corinthians 3:1-3 NASB)

 

There is the test for spiritual infancy: jealousy and strife. You might want to take a look at your spiritual bib.  Is there someone around you provokes you spiritually? Does the spirit of jealousy and envy eat at you?

It is the explicit prayer of Christ that his people may be one; he wants us to be united. So, if there is someone who is unforgiven in your eyes it is time to take action. Remember Christ’s example on the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” That’s your example; that’s the standard that he set for you so that his children would be united in his church.

If there is division between you and another Christian in this church then go to that person. Forgive what must be forgiven and abandon the spirit of envy. Makes a positive effort to restore the harmony of the church. When you take of the Lord’s body and blood you are proclaiming that there is one church, not a gaggle of factions. We are one body; it is up to us to keep it that way.

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