I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal.

1 Corinthians 3:1

Read your New Testament again and you will agree that mediocrity in the Christian life is not the highest that Jesus offers. Certainly God is not honored by our arrested spiritual development—our permanent halfway spiritual condition.

We all know that the Bible tells us that we honor God by going on to full maturity in Christ!

Why, then, do we settle for those little pleasures that tickle the saintlets and charm the fancy of the carnal?

It is because we once heard a call to take up the cross and instead of following toward the heights, we bargained with the Lord like a street huckster! We felt an urge to be spent for Christ, but instead of going on, we started asking questions. We began to bicker and bargain with God about His standards for spiritual attainment.

This is plain truth—not about unbelieving “liberals”—but about those who have been born again and who dare to ask, “Lord, what will it cost me?”

O Lord, in my heart of hearts I desire to honor You by going on to full maturity in Christ. Help me not to be satisfied with mediocrity.[1]

[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.


  1. Shofar/Liz

    One explanation for mediocrity is lack of faith which is related to lack of the Word. Therefore the ignorance of one’s blessings and benefits from the Lord cannot be attained because of lack of knowledge, and as you state- immaturity. Weak faith is what causes Christians to question/doubt, fall away, etc. Faith is the antidote for weak faith. (Rom 10:17); no Word, no faith. Many do not have discipline to go on to perfection (Heb 6:10) and are ‘slothful’ to which Heb 6:12 says,…’be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.’ God bless you, ~Liz


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