1 Corinthians 3:1-3: "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ...For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?"
With most Christians, I'm sorry to say, the inward man does not rule the outward man. Instead, the body rules the inward man. That's the definition of a carnal Christian.
One translation of our text says "body-ruled" instead of "carnal." And that's what carnal Christians are: body-ruled.
"Ye are yet carnal...and walk as men," Paul told the Corinthians. In other words, they were living like people who had never been born again. I like the Amplified Bible translation of verse 3:
"... For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?"
Being critical, fault finding, and judgmental, never having anything good to say to someone--those are all symptoms of carnality. It's not hot enough, too cold, too bright, too dark, too loud, the sermons are too long or too short...he could have or should have said this or that...and the list of possible complaints goes on.
Pray for people. Always try to find something good to say to someone. Stop your complaining.
Be careful what you post on Facebook!
Refuse to live like mere men! Live like the new creature you are! Determine to let the new man in Christ dominate your being.
Confession: I refuse to walk as a mere man. I am changed. I am a new creature in Christ. I will grow up in Christ. I will grow up spiritually. "I" - the man on the inside - will dominate my being. I will walk as a spiritual man. I will behave myself after the standard of God's Word. I will walk in love. I will walk in faith!
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.