The Spiritual Person vs. the Worldly Person -- By Don Russell

"Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly--mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men? "1 Corinthians 3: 1-4

The difference between the Spiritual person and the worldly person is clearly seen in practical behavior. Those governed by worldly thought are very concerned about image, what others think, earthly intelligence, and skill level. Such quarrel about power issues trying always to stay on top, appearing better than the competition. Constant assessment and comparison of success ratios demands that the different be shunned. Groups with styles different from their own must be discredited. Self is the main concern. Furthering personal desires and manipulating the environment to get what ambition demands, the worldly person creates a constant of turmoil and conflict. All this emerges from the fear that something is wrong with them and they do not want anyone to find out.

The Spiritual person has died to self and its futile desire to be impressive after taking responsibility for basic flaws and failures in character. Such turn to God for a new way of thinking, new life, with different goals and desires. The Spiritual simply desire to serve God in Christ no matter the sacrifice. Earnestly and diligently, seeking Him in His living Word and attempting to apply Godly principles in daily life occupy the mind. Desiring, above all, to live out the message of Jesus Christ is the primary desire of those who have died to self and live a new resurrected life in Him.

Chaplain Don Russell

Arrow Epistle -- Volume V, Issue 147, issued 09/17/02 The Spokane Outreach Center http://www.spokaneoc.com - 1014 N. Pines Spokane, WA 99216

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