“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV
When we come into the world, we have the most basic of tastes, as our needs are satisfied by our mother’s milk, providing our physical, emotional, needs and the sense of connection that we need to thrive. Over time we move on to other things, not as easy to digest, but every bites needful.
Eventually we learn to feed ourselves, to find foods that we like. In the beginning, our choices are typically oriented toward the quick and the rich in flavor.
In my own youth, I had a penchant for heavily processed food. It was easy on the tongue and the flavors were rich and easy to like. I especially gravitated toward fast food, “drive through crack”, that was so addictive and so bad for me. As I became older and my tastes matured, I found that I began to desire foods that had more substance, and great nutritional value.
It was essential that my food choices advanced, as my maturing body needed more than the mother’s milk I started with.
The walk of faith for the follower of Christ, is built on the substance of the word of God. In the beginning, we are led by mature teachers, who make known to us the glory of God. We start with the most basic of things, such as the Gospel, the old Roman Road, and a few psalms.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6 NKJV
These were the first verses that became the building blocks of my new found faith. They were my first sips of the divine milk, that started me on my way, and sustained me, and helped me to understand my connection to God.
In his letter to the Hebrews, the writer, who I believe was Paul, alerted those in authority of their need to be moving beyond he basics, and on to solid food. Like children, they would be growing constantly, moving into adulthood.
I remember when I began to did deeper into the bible. I used to listen to Calvary Chapel radio, where the teachers would teach through the Scriptures expositorially, word for word and verse by verse. Slowly I began to understand the deeper things in the word of God.
The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn more. I was growing in the faith and as life challenges increased, I had the spiritual framework to deal with whatever came.
Very often, followers of Jesus opt for the in-between, not milk, but not really good solid food. The often for the fast food, the drive thru, the short devotional featuring a few verses and some comments. Have to admit that I spent a season at the spiritual drive thru, until a bout with cancer challenged me. Flat on my back at Mayo, I dug deep in the word of God.
Brothers and sisters, I urge you to spend the time, and settle down to a meal of meat and vegetables. Dig deep into the richness of word of God, to find the sustenance the will foster great growth.
I tell youth truth when I say that the lord of God has been the one thing that I have held onto in the trial of my life. It provided me the constant, the my life was unsettled. Whether it be illness or other life struggle, I have always know the Lord was with me.
“Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life. The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, And have comforted myself. Indignation has taken hold of me Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law. Your statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage. I remember Your name in the night, O Lord, And I keep Your law. This has become mine, Because I kept Your precepts.”
Psalms 119:49-56 NKJV
Let us dine, my people on the thick rich goodness of the word of God, and be built-up, strengthened and equipped for all that He has for us to do.