Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 3:1-17 (day five) Paul’s warning to the believers in Corinth comes because there has been no growth or maturing for a period of time. His tone in the first two verses was not confrontational but rather factual. “You were not ready.” These are not accusations you would make against brand new Christians. Notice the past tense in his statements in verse 1 and the first part of verse 2. Then, his tone changes. He’s not upset because they started as babes in the faith, but that they did not grow out of it. “Even now you are not yet able.” There was no evidence of growth or progress in their faith. Quite the opposite. What Paul saw and sensed was “the flesh”- jealousy, strife, and boasting in men.
They had time to grow. We have time to grow. The goal of the Christian life is not perfection but progress. Will we make progress and grow to know, act like, and become more like Jesus? Paul would say, “It’s time to grow!”