Newborn babies need milk to survive. They are not able to eat solid food. As they mature physically they start eating baby food and gradually progress to the normal solid food we all eat. Maturity is the key. Newborn stomachs can not handle meat and potatoes. But children are expected to be eating regular food by a certain age, not just drinking milk.
Nutrition for our spiritual growth is the same way. Brand new Christians can not digest heavy theology. They need the basics, the milk, to start with. “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.” (Paul’s words in I Corinthians 3:1-2)
Peter tells new Christians, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (I Peter 2:2-3)
However, God does not expect us to remain just on spiritual milk forever. He expects us to grow and mature in our faith. “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. ” (Hebrews 5:13-14)
Where are you in your faith journey? If you are a newborn Christian get as much spiritual milk as you can – read your Bible, ask questions, learn the basics of what believing in Jesus Christ means.
Those of you who have been in the Christian faith for a while are you still just surviving on milk or have you stretched yourself and progressed to solid food? Do not stay stagnant. Christians should be constantly growing, maturing in their faith. You also need to be reading your Bible daily and asking questions, but you should be digging deeper into what this faith means to you and what is expected of you. That’s the solid food.
Examine where you are in your journey with Jesus. What changes can you make to start maturing in that journey? Remember, no matter where you are now, you must keep striving to progress, to mature, to grow. Milk to solid food.