The challenge for us as Christians is to continue to grow. It seems so easy to become stagnant and complacent, especially if we don’t feel a sense of our importance to the Kingdom and it’s furtherance. Know this: God has chosen US to spread the good news! The purpose of Jesus coming to earth was threefold: to “seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10), that we might have “life, and that more abundantly” (John 10:10), and to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:. As we align with the pupose of Jesus to seek the lost (evangelize), we must continue to grow in the “life more abundantly” (becoming disciples) that He came to give us.
The scripture speaks many times of this process of becoming. The Apostle Paul said that he longed to become “conformable unto his (Jesus) death” (Philippians 3:10), Jesus told his disciples that He would make them “to become” fishers of men (Mark 1:17) and Hebrews teaches us to “go on unto perfection (completion)” (Hebrews 6:1). And it does seem like an endless process at times! But, we can be confident of this very thing: that “he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). That is a promise!
There is also the temptation to remain as a child – simply going through life at the same level as you entered (spiritually), never maturing, never advancing. The apostle Peter speaks of our nourishment, at least initially, in Christ as being milk: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (1 Peter 2:2). Notice the point of “milk”, though: “that ye may GROW thereby.” It’s not the intention of God that we require “milk” for the rest of our spiritual lives. We must get to the place that we can handle some meat!
Paul chides the Corinthian church by saying this, in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3: “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal…” Wow. It seems very clear that those who can only handle milk are carnal. And the danger here is that the carnal mind is “enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). The “milk-drinkers mentality” is in opposition to God. The writer of Hebrews reproves the Jerusalem church with these words: “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe” (Hebrews 5:12-13). No wonder the scripture instructs us to “Study to show (ourselves) approved unto God…” (2 Timothy 2:15). I want to be in the place that I can handle some meat, that I may be approved of God, and that I may teach to others!
It’s interesting that Jesus said, “my MEAT is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34). Can it be that for us to do the will of God, and to complete the work He sent us to do, we must be meat-eaters? Let us “put away childish things” and grow beyond the milk. Step away from the milk – and enjoy the richness of the meat of the Word. Do His will. Finish His work. May the Lord bless you today!