Milk is good, well nut milks of course. You know I don’t mess with animal based milk, but that is so besides the point. It’s crazy to think that as babies we survived solely on fortified milk. Milk and/ or formula contain the basic ingredients that promote growth and life. And as babies growth is essential.
As we get older, we graduate to real food with benefits that we were not necessarily able to digest as babies.
Stay with me, I have God appointed point to make, I promise!
The inspiration behind this post is from Hebrews 5:11-14 & 6:1-3. Today we are discussing everything to know about graduating to real food in Christ.
In this passage Paul wants to teach the people of Melchizedek about something specific but is unable to because they are still babes in Christ. They are unable to digest the truth of this teaching. In fact, the reason why this is made a big deal because at this point in their Christian lives, they should no longer be babes. They should have graduated to real food in Christ being teachers of the word not students. But because of life choices and spiritual laziness, they are still relying on milk.
The thing is that they are too grown to rely solely on milk and the danger is that as babes in Christ they are unable to understand/ receive the righteousness of God. Because infants in Christ are unable to digest the wide variety of nutrition that mature Christians are able to endure. Basically if you don’t grow in Christ you will become spiritually malnourished.
Starvation doesn’t sound fun. I ain’t trying to live a life starving.
The problem with starvation is that it births desperation. Think about it, when you are hungry with no food around you, you will do ANYTHING to fill your tummy even if it’s not good for you.
Okay, I am going to let you in on one of my biggest secrets. Ahem, I’ve been known to ditch my vegan diet and eat a dairy filled meal when I’m starving. Although I know what I’m eating isn’t good for me, I don’t care at that moment because I’ll do anything to fill me up.
Your spiritual life is the same. If you eat a baby’s diet as an adult, you will never be fully satisfied. You will run to the closest idea, distraction, relationship, teaching, etc. to fill you up. Yes, even if it’s worldly. Because when you’re starving and desperate, you aren’t looking at the benefits. You want results! And you want them fast. Starvation makes you susceptible to worldly fast foods.
You see but God wants you to keep growing in Him. He wants you to be so full on His goodness that it overflows and pours out onto others. God wants you to live life in abundance.
Your next question is probably, well how do I graduate to real food in Christ?
You know I won’t leave you hanging! I have the deets for you.
The key to graduating to real food is Christ. He is the answer. 1 Corinthians 3:7 says “So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” As a child of God, you are cared for and nurtured by Him who helps you grow.
No, no one but God can make you grow but as a people with a choice; you have to choose Him. God wants to be wanted by you. That’s why He gave the option to choose. Matthew 22:14 reminds us that “Many are called but few are chosen.” That means a lot of us are called but only a few of us deny ourselves and chose God.
Romans 12:2 says, “don’t to be conformed by the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
As a Christian, you’re still human and you have to fight off worldly thoughts and desires. You have to intentionally be fixed on Christ to grow. Intent means to direct your mind on something. The importance of being intentional in your relationship with Christ is that you are purposely doing so that you can gain the rewards of being with Christ.
Benefits of real food in Christ
1. As mature a Christian you are able to discern between good and evil. Hebrews 5:14. Around the time when I got saved, there was this lady who would come into my job everyday to tell me that I had great energy and would read me my horoscope. Because she was nice and sang my praises, I would engage with her. I know that may sound a bit self-righteous but to my defense at the time, she never spoke ill of God. I didn’t see anything wrong with it.
Oh, I know that this also sounds like a very naive child of God. That’s because I was.
Anyways as the days passed by and I began to mature as a Christian, I began to sense that something wasn’t right with the relationship. This muscle of discernment was strengthening and I realized that this woman was not powered by Christ. As a baby in Christ I was not able to read her in a way that I did with age. Imagine if I did not mature in Christ, I could still be down that rabbit hole of witchcraft not realizing the wickedness that I was partaking in. As a mature Christian you are able to see the good from the bad!
2. We are all called to teach the word of God. Some may do it behind a pulpit, while someone else may do it behind a desk. No matter what your platform is, teaching is a responsibility that Christ has given all of us!
Hebrews 5:12 says “for though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you…” That means that when you grow into maturity, you can embark on the instructions Christ left for you which is to teach the Good News. If you are still a babe, you can’t teach but need to be taught.
Beware: you can go from real food back to milk
Okay y’all, I need y’all to know this. Reaching maturity in Christ is not the final step! You can’t kick up your feet and relax because you’ve gotten a taste of real food. The reality is that you can go back to drinking milk if you aren’t constantly nourishing your body with real food ?. Yes, the Benjamin Button syndrome is real.
In Hebrews 5:12, Paul was ready to teach the people of Melchizedek a meaty lesson. But once he realized their condition, He had to go back into teaching the basic principles AGAIN. They couldn’t digest the mature word he had for them. For they were babies in Christ again.
Sometimes we get so comfortable with where we are that we fall back into old habits. But being a Christian isn’t about going back, it’s about moving forward. Everyday is a chance to learn something new, look a little more like Christ, spread the gospel, become more wise, etc.
In order to avoid falling back into a baby’s diet, stay in God’s word, be surrendered to Christ daily, deny yourself and just stay close to Christ.
Did you know that after the age of 5 our bodies no longer produce the enzyme that breaks down milk?
That is why so many people are lactose intolerant.
At a certain age your body rejects milk because it has gotten the foundational nutrients needed from milk. You no longer need milk, you need the variety of nutrients provided by real foods. The same applies to your spiritual body. Spiritual milk is only intended for a small period of your Christian life. You are called to graduate to real food so that you can feast on the many varieties of food God wants you to eat and feed others!
Go eat, sis. Press into God and spend glorious time with Him. He will fill you up in a way that you’ve never been before.
If you feel like this was for you. Please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to pray with you.