“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 2:2 (NKJV)
We begin our education from the moment we are born. In order to survive, we must acquire knowledge and information and then apply it to our lives. When we first start off in life we crawl, but it is not long before we take our first baby steps. Assuredly, all babies fall down a multitude of times before mastering the ability to walk. Thankfully, a tenacious perseverance propels them to get back up and try again until the new skill is mastered.
As Christians, we need to adopt this tenacity to persevere in our walk with Christ. He asks very little of us, for all He wants is a forward movement. Baby steps are just fine, until there is a maturity within us that enables a more coordinated and mature walk.
With time, we become more coordinated and comfortable within our bodies. We are able to skip, jump, and run. The Father understands that babies need time to build up muscles, so He never expect us to climb a mountain or swim a marathon the moment we exit our mother’s womb.
However, He does expect us to wean ourselves off milk and establish a diet of meat and even some potatoes. There are very few adults who go to work crawling on the sidewalk dragging their baby bottles of milk. God expects His children to grow up and feed upon solid foods.
Maturity comes in many ways, and one is by applying our hearts to instruction and our ears to knowledge. With a desire to learn, our hearing automatically sharpens, enabling us to gain the necessary knowledge to navigate this challenging world. An understanding and knowledge of Scripture will carry us far in our spiritual race.
It requires maturity to FINISH the spiritual race set before you. Everyone starts the race crawling, and some cross the finish line on their knees, but to arrive at the finish line on time… a quicker pace is required. Babies can’t run but adults can. Even teenagers can run a fantastic race, but not babies.
Therefore, dear one, are you ready for a change in your spiritual diet? Can you agree to throw out your baby bottle and accept some solid foods? Will you now make a real effort to read your Bible with a heart bent on attaining and applying the instruction found within its pages?
Lay hold of the wisdom of God and strive to gain an understanding of the Word. The Holy Spirit is a faithful teacher. Open up your heart to Him and submit to His teaching. He will journey with you every step of your race and enable you to reach the finish line. Once there you will hear your God say, “Well done good and faithful servant. You have run the race set before you and may now enter into your eternal home. I am well pleased with your service.”
“And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to 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 (NKJV)