I can hardly believe my baby is 2 months old.   Seems like a blink ago he was born.   When he was born, he was so small.  Just 6 pounds (which is average I know, but Ben my oldest was 9 pounds at birth!)   I felt like I was holding a peanut – thus his nickname: peanut.   This baby of mine has fed non stop since!   What an eater!   And its paying off well for him as he’s 12 pounds now!  He’s doubled his birthweight.

I find it very intriguing that a baby can grow on … milk?   Seriously, that baffles me!   Because he’s not only growing outwardly, but lots is going on on the inside too!  And all he gets is milk.  Wow…..

Now my 4 year old would LOVE to live on milk as well.   In fact, its just been this year he’s finally open to “food”.   He’s a milk boy for sure.   But for my 4 year old to only have milk?  That wouldn’t be good for his health!  He needs other nutrients that come from fruits, vegetables and protein!   What would happen if we just stayed on milk?   We would be very malnourished.

I was reflecting on this as its mentioned in the Bible about living on “milk”.  2 Corinthians speaks of people who are “babes in Christ” – those who are just starting their journey with Him.  They can only handle ‘milk”, simple things of the Word…. the beginning….. the fundamentals.   And for awhile, these babes in Christ grow like crazy!!   They are hungry to learn all they can!  And so they grow!

I don’t know if you’ve ever had the honour of speaking to someone who has just made Jesus the Lord of their life.  They are refreshing!  Everything is exciting and new to them and they often have more passion than those of us who have been on the journey for awhile.  It brings that passion back to memory!

But one day, all babes in Christ need to move on…. move on to solid food like Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians 3.  He says there comes a time when he wants to speak to them as “spiritual men” (and women).   But he can’t if they chose to remain at the beginning.  He says they are still “fleshly” as they are still walking in jealousy and strife, etc.

So what happens when we stay on “milk” of the Word (His letter to us)?  When we stay on just what we learned from the start?  We become malnourished.  We can’t stay there.   We need to move on…. move deeper into the Letter.   We need to continue to allow His words to constantly change us and nourish us into His image.  We cannot stay the same.   Just like a baby can’t stay a baby (oh sometimes I wish my little one could!)  WE cannot stay babes in Christ.  We need to grow up into His likeness and the only way to do that is to learn about Him.  Discover Him.   And we need to learn to do this on our own as well as with others and from leaders who teach it.

Some, even though they have followed Christ for many years are still living on the milk of years ago.   Some babes aren’t sure what the next steps are in their growth and that’s why we need to be an encouragement and resource for them.

How about you?  Are you growing?  Are you finding ways to keep His letter alive in your life?   Are His words changing your heart each day?  Dust that letter off and find time to dig….. you’ll be amazed at what you find and what He does in your life through it.

 

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  1. tanya Gillespie
    December 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    So I have a friend moving to Calgary who is looking for a church family. If yours is the greatest church on the planet…which one is it?? And you do live in Calgary right??

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