1 Corinthians 3:1-9
When children are growing up, no one expects them to act like adults. We expect a certain amount of clumsiness, foolishness, and lack of self-control. We identify these problem areas in our kids’ lives and do the hard work of teaching and discipline to help them to mature (Proverbs 13:1, 24; 19:18; 22:6, 15; 23:13; 29:15). If a child is older and is still acting immaturely, we remind them that it’s time to “act their age,” and to behave in accordance with what they have been taught. This passage continues a critique Paul has for the Corinthians as they divide into teams (1 Corinthians 1:10-13), based on which leader they like best. He shows the Corinthians how they are thinking more like the people of the world, who constantly act out of their sinful nature (2:14). It is time for the Corinthians to “grow up” in their understanding of church leaders.