Christian maturity is the result of many things coming together in the life of a follower of Christ. It does not happen suddenly, or in a weekend. It is a process that will take your whole life. Some of us will be able to grow faster depending on many circumstances.
One of the biggest problems in our world is starvation. People do not have anything to eat, the other problem is that people eat wrong. They have food but they do not know what to eat and how to eat. In the Christian life we see the same challenges: Some Christians do not have enough food, and starve in their Christian life. Some people eat the wrong food in a wrong way and develop a Christian life that is deformed and lacks productivity.
In Hebrews 5: 11-14, we read this: “11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
The author of the letter is writing to Christians who were supposed to know things and be mature by this time in their lives, but unfortunately, he cannot do it, because they are not ready to receive the kind of food that he wanted to give them. Let us take a look at the different kinds of food that we have in our Christian growth.
This is what the Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians, “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. 1Corinthians 3:2.”
1 – Milk – The first food that we have in our Christian growth, is the logical one, the milk of our Mother. In our case the Word of God. Milk here represents the basic principles of the Christian Faith, such us: The Assurance of our salvation and eternal life, forgiveness, adoption, justification by faith, prayer, the importance of our daily devotional, the importance of attending a church, the necessity of sharing the good news, and a few others.
2 – Puree – When we start growing, we stop living only on milk, we need something more solid, but we are still not prepared to eat something totally solid. So, the option is a puree. That is something that comes ready for the parents to use. In the past, they had to prepare the whole thing for the children. In this phase the child will start getting deep in the aspects of doctrine, fellowship, studying of the Scriptures and practice the first steps in their journey of faith.
3 – Meat – The final stage is to eat solid food, represented here by meat. That is when the Christian starts to become a disciple, someone who not only listens to the Word, but practices the Word. They follow Jesus. They know God, they love God and worship Him. They love their brothers and sisters and serve them. They are committed to proclaim the Gospel everywhere.
In this letter the author is very upset with the readers since they could not follow his instructions. It was too complicated for them to understand what he had to say, so he had to go back and start to give them milk again.
It is our relationship with God’s Word, reading, studying, and acting upon it that will determine growth in our Christian life.
Do you know enough about the basics of Christian faith and Christian life? Are you able to practice what you have been learning from the Scriptures, Bible study, sermons, fellowship, etc.?
Is your life being changed through His Word? Are you able to see the difference? Are your friends and family being able to see the difference?
What kind of food are you eating, Milk, Puree, or Meat?
Have a blessed week,