When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:11
This is my niece, Mariah. She is a creative, fun loving, little princess and today we celebrated her 6th Birthday! Woo Hoo! She was styled from head to toe in her Unicorn gear, quite perfect for any little girl on her special day!
Her favorite restaurant at 6 years of age just happens to be Applebees!
It was fun to see her eyes light up at the table when the whole family surprised her for a celebration dinner.
As we looked at the kids menus, my own girls ask if they will still have crayons and paper to color on when they have kids in 20 years? Or will everything be digital by then?
When it came time to order, all of the kids in the group chose meals from the children’s menu, which is always just the right size serving for the littles. The kids meals are simple and stick to all the basic food groups of the average child, Pizza, Mac n’ Cheese, and Applesauce.
The adult menu usually has a much larger variety of solid, more flavorful creations which are more suitable for mature tastebuds and stomachs. Including one of my personal favorites, Steak and Potatoes!!!
When our meals arrived it reminded me of the different spiritual foods we eat as Christians. 1 Peter 2:2-3 tells us, “As newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the Word, that by it you may grow, if it is true that you have experienced that the Lord is good.”
This verse is telling us that new believers should crave the simple truths found in scripture, the foundational principles of Christianity such as faith, repentance, forgiveness, and baptism. In the same way newborns introduction to foods starts with milk as thier foundational food, and they crave that milk, they can’t get enough.
Over time, as you taste and see that the LORD is good and learn to understand Him more and more, we should gradually become more mature.
“But solid food belongs to those who are mature, for those who through practice have powers of discernment…” (Hebrews 5:14).
As we grow in the faith and practice the foundational teachings, the same way a child grows up practicing thier walking and talking, we become more mature as Christians. And as our faith matures we can then start to have more solid food in the way of advanced teachings and revelations.
This summer I realized I KNOW alot of scripture. I can quote verses day and night, however, I get so busy with day to day life I am not Practicing the knowledge I have obtained.
Having spiritual knowledge, knowing all the Bible Stories, and even leading classes to share knowledge with others does not make one Mature in the faith. Maturity comes through practice, through testing, and through seeking.
I started practicing with one simple verse, the LOVE verse, 1 Corinthians 13, “Love is patient, love is kind…” a verse I have known since I was a child. As a child I quoted the verse, although I wasn’t always the most patient person. As an adult, learning to put childish was behind me, I started to put the words into practice.
I started with one virtue at a time, so as not to become overwhelmed. It was a simple step into the maturing of my faith.
If you are a new Christian and craving milk, or a mature Christian eating solid foods, I encourage you to continue seeking God and asking for more and more of Him. He will fill you up, and grow you up in Him.