“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)
To keep up our strength, we to need eat every single day. Our stomachs never fail to remind us when we are hungry. Our noses love the pleasing aroma of food. Our mouths enjoy a tasty meal. Once our hunger is satiated, we are satisfied. Just as our bodies need nourishment, so does our soul. As Christians, we are daily to receive the Word of God.
A Christian who has just been born of Christ needs a lot of nourishment to sustain him. He has a strong appetite and must to be fed often. He should lay a Christian foundation of faith upon the Word of God and ensure Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone.
“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” (1 Peter 2:2-3)
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.” (Ephesians 2:19-20)
A young and growing Christian eventually needs to start eating solid food. Unfortunately, many believers in Jesus Christ are content with drinking spiritual milk their whole lives, or longer than is required to lay a spiritual foundation. Eventually we need to build upon our foundation.
“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. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 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)
“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 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! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:11-14)
We cannot be of the world and live according to God’s Word. Being worldly and being Godly just don’t mix. A person “of the world” lives to please himself. He is sinful, evil and full of darkness. He is prideful, arrogant, jealous, greedy, and an idolator. The biggest lie a non-Christian believes is that He doesn’t need God in this life or in the afterlife. He can become like God or maybe become a god, different and better than the true God.
A man of God, on the other hand, thinks of himself as a lifelong servant of the most high God. He is selfless, humble, loving, kind, gentle, truthful, encouraging, a peacemaker, willing to endure hardship, and always seeking God’s guidance and direction before making his next move. He pursues righteousness and gives all credit and glory to God. A man of God cannot unite with God and the world and expect to eat solid spiritual food.
The only way someone can be a man or woman of God is first by acknowledging Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. Then we should be daily developing a relationship with God through reading His Word, praying continually, developing an attitude of praise and worship, regularly having fellowship and communion with other believers, serving the body of Christ, and reaching out to those who are blind and lost as they stumble through the darkness. This is how a person is weaned from spiritual milk to solid food.
Eventually, we should become mature Christians who can readily preach, teach and disciple others. We can easily exercise the fruits of the Spirit and be fruitful. We don’t hesitate to use our spiritual gifts and God-give talents help lead others to Jesus Christ. We willingly impart some of the knowledge and wisdom God has given to us to share with others who need spiritual milk or need to accept Jesus Christ. When our work here on Earth is done and we are mature and complete, we will ascend into heaven, be given new bodies, dwell in the presence and fullness of God in His glory in heaven forever.
“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” (Palm 1:3)
“The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” (Psalm 145:15-16)
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-15)
Once you have a taste of God, you’ll never want to eat the garbage of the world again! It will only leave you less satisfied, seeking after more and more to fill the void in your life that only Christ can fill. The world will ultimately give you an ulcer and destroy your flesh and spirit. God will heal you, restore you, and perfect you, as He molds you into His image. This begins with making time each day to nourish your soul as often as you nourish your body.
Pray this Prayer: “Dear Lord, thank you for letting me be your child and accepting me into your family. Please help me to grow strong in You. Make me more and more like you each and every day. Help me to pursue righteousness, purity, holiness, and that which is honorable and praiseworthy. I want your solid food, and I want to share it with others. Please let my appetite remain in you and continue to satisfy and nourish my soul. Amen.”