Paul uses this great phrase in 1 Corinthians 3, saying at the end of verse 4, “are you not being merely human?” We’ve been shown a variety of comparisons in this letter as Paul is always urging us to be more as we follow the ways of God. Do we settle for milk or move on to solid food? Do we settle for being merely human, or do we look for even more? The choice should be obvious, but it is not always easy. But we do not act alone, for we have God with us, helping us to choose the greater–to choose himself.
Here is how he frames the choices in this life:
Merely human with the wisdom of the world?
or recipients of the wisdom of God in the cross, by his Spirit?
Merely human trying to do things in our own strength?
or empowered by the Spirit, serving God in the work to which he has called us?
Merely human built upon what will burn up and be lost?
or God’s building, the temple of his Spirit, built to late upon Christ?
Merely human tied to the fleeting things of this life?
or Christ’s cherished possession, recipient of all things, for all things are his?