The moment we enter this world, we are dependent on our parents to feed us, clothe us, change us and to teach us. As babies, we go through many different changes. We start out being breast fed or bottle fed (liquids only). Mainly because we don’t have teeth, but also because our stomach and digestive system can’t handle or process anything else. However, as we develop, we start eating small amounts of food. By the time we are a year old, we start eating some table foods, never wanting the gross baby food we once enjoyed. While the baby foods were packed with nutrients to help us grow, they were only meant to be given for a short amount of time. As we continue to grow, the less we are dependent on our parents to help us. The more we grow, the more responsibility we are given. The more we grow, it is very unlikely that we will return to the ways of our baby days.
So why am I making these references with a post called Spiritual Growth? While many of us have been Christians for a long period of time, we are still eating those baby foods. We sit in our spiritual baby chair, waiting for someone to feed us. And while the baby foods of our Christian walk are not bad, they don’t help us grow as God has designed us to. You see as we grow in our lives, graduating from baby food, we must also graduate in our spiritual growth as well. We need to begin to feed ourselves. As we grow, our parents sit us at the table and place the food before us and then we dig in with our forks and spoons feeding ourselves. Then as we continue to grow, we might even begin to prepare our food. You see, the same is with our spiritual growth. We must first recognize where we are (baby, toddler, youth, or adult). Once we know that, we must strive to learn the next step. Spiritual growth comes by doing, not by having something done for you all the time. When we are hungry for our spiritual food, we need to prepare our plate and dig in.
Just as with babies, we all develop at different rates. We all have different ways of preparing our food. But the most important thing to realize, is that when you are hungry, you need to eat. And when you are hungry for your spiritual food, you need to eat too.
Start with a simple recipe, something that you know how to cook. A simple Bible study or devotional. When you read it, don’t just put it down, but digest it. Let it provide you the nutrients it is intended to. See how to apply it in your everyday life, then apply it. Or maybe you have been doing that for a while and you need something more. Maybe it is time for you to start a spiritual family and help them eat. So then look for ways to start teaching a Sunday School class or Bible Study group. You see when you prepare the food for others, you still eat too. You often times get more out of it also. You see when you are the cook, you know the ingredients, spices and final product.
The worst thing we can do, is to stay where we are in our growth process. The enemy loves to lie to us and tell us that we can’t grow anymore because of this or that. My dear friends, we should be constantly growing. We can never grow enough in our Christian walks. We are not ever done, until the day the Lord calls us home. So examine yourselves before the Lord and ask Him to show you the areas you need to grow more and realize that it is a process.
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. (Hebrews 5:12-14)
1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
Challenge: Find out what stage you are in. Then begin taking from the Word of God, so that you might grow. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern, digest and put into practice what you have read and learned from God’s Truth.
Application: As with our lives, we must eat to grow and strengthen ourselves with good healthy food. We need to do the same for our Spiritual Growth. We need to eat and digest the Word of God and allow it’s nutrients to help us grow and strengthen us. Once we are able to feed ourselves, we must then start feeding others, in order that they might grow too.