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Meat or Milk?

 

We had the opportunity to eat out at a LongHorn Steak House this past week. I know, all of the Thanksgiving meals, and I still found time to go to Longhorn. Anyways, Flo’s fillet, is amazing! I think my mouth is watering just from talking about it. The steak is moist, tasty, and truly a satisfying eating experience! I also enjoy a glass of milk with some cookies or brownies, but to make a meal out of it is not “normal” or healthy for an adult. Infants and newborns are satisfied with an all milk diet, but they soon grow out of it as they are introduced to other foods, like ice cream. But oh I digress.

 

What does this have to do with Christianity or Jesus? We find in the Bible the caution given in the book of Hebrews, “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 full of age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14 Where are you at in your journey with Jesus? Are you able to feed yourself or do you only wait for someone else to feed you? Still sucking on the first principles, or chewy on the doctrines and truths of Scripture. Drinking down what someone else has prepared or cutting off your own piece of “steak”?

 

The apostle Peter understood the importance of a Christians being able to feed themselves. Listen to what he wrote to the first century church, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2:1-3 It starts with our desire, and that desire can be confused or become carnal if we are not careful. SoPeter presented a list of character qualities a Christian must work on laying aside. This laying aside is crucial if we are ever going to grow as a Christian, just like the newborn, we are to progress from milk to meat or solid food. The apostle Paul confronted the church in Corinth that was struggling in their faith, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

 

The enemy of your soul understands that if he can keep you out of God’s word, he can keep you carnal and ineffective for the Kingdom of heaven. Where do your desires lie? Have you “tasted that the Lord is good”? Or have you been satisfied by the “mud pies” this world offers? Our world needs you, let’s dig in!

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