There’s a scripture in the Bible that talks about milk and solid food. Now those are two things that I truly enjoy.
Take for example the milk. I enjoy a big glass of ice cold milk while I eat my chocolate chip or oreo cookies. I just love to dunk them into the milk and feel like I’m making a new recipe with flavors of vanilla and chocolate.
I am also delighted in having a nice big steak or a big Italian dinner with all the trimmings.
In I Corinthians 3:2 it says – I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
Now of course God wasn’t speaking about real milk and solid food but how we internalize the spiritual things from the Word and principles of His commandments as well as gifts of the Spirit when we mature.
I remember hearing this verse as a teen and trying to remind myself as I grew in God that I wouldn’t have the same spiritual eyes as a mature Christian. I was still learning. Part of me also didn’t want to be compared to a baby either by the reference of milk. I think all teens would feel that way.
I wanted so badly to get off of the spiritual milk and quickly start with the solid spiritual food as if to prove to myself that I was a much stronger and mature Christian.
But no matter how much you try to understand the Bible or life as a Christian, in most cases, it just comes with time. There is nothing wrong with this. It is part of the growing process as a new Christian.
However, I am finding some teens use the milk as an excuse to continue in their sin. Here’s an example.
Meet Nick (not his real name). He just turned 19. He had heard about God in his life (and even read the Bible) when he was much younger but hadn’t really followed God until three months ago when he dedicated his life to the Lord. I sat down with him and was working on his goals for his life which included reading the Bible and memorizing some scripture that would help him in his walk with God.
I also talked to him about the scripture Ephesians 4:22-24 – “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
If you as a teen want to mature in the Lord, and move on from the milk to the solid food, you also have to leave the old selfish desires, old ways and habits behind. When doing so, it creates room for your mind to be renewed in Christ and allow you to be a new creature that is pure, holy, and righteous in His eyes. It also will bring about a new spiritual change within your heart, soul, and mind to receive the spiritual things that God wants to show you.
Nick however wasn’t willing to do this and ended up falling back into his sinful ways of smoking, swearing, being prideful and disobedient in every manner. He used excuse after excuse saying he couldn’t help what he was doing and that he was still a baby Christian and that God would understand.
Because of those thoughts and actions, he was kicked out of his home, has no job and no transportation to get him to places. He also forfeited his privileges of a new home to live in that would have created a better future for him – all because he used the milk to let him continue in his sin instead of moving forward towards solid spiritual food.
There comes a point in which God calls us to stop using the milk excuse as a crutch, saying, “I can’t help it, I’m a baby Christian and God will understand and let me go to heaven even when I keep doing bad stuff,” which only brings about sin and disobedience.
If we are willing to follow after God’s heart, even when we slip sometimes, God will guide us and help us along the way no matter how long it takes. The question is, “Are we willing to let those sinful things die?”
1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV) When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
God did say to Nick that as he grew in spiritual maturity, he was to stop doing childish things, but Nick refused. Nick hurt himself in the end and till struggles to this day.
God understands and knows the motives and attitude of your heart. He knows which of His children truly need to stay on the milk because they have yet so much to learn. However, there are those of you who God is calling to take the next step of spiritual maturity and it is up to you as to whether or not you want to be obedient and receive God’s blessing for your life.
By submitting your heart to Christ, asking in wisdom to help you grow along with the advice of your youth leader, you will know when it is the right time to start on the spiritual solid food.
So what are some signs of a Christian on milk?
1. New to salvation and understanding of God’s Word.
2. Will make mistakes and sin as you continue to walk out your salvation.
3. Will still act out in fleshly ways since you have not learned how to walk in the spirit.
4. Not able to teach others yet.
5. Still learning God’s truth.
6. Difficult in discerning good from evil and moral choices
7. Following ideals of man instead of God
8. In need of help with own personal difficulties
9. Easily swayed to other doctrines outside of God’s truth
10. Vulnerable to the enemy
11. Not knowledgeable in God’s will and ways due to neglect of the Bible
Signs of Christian on solid food –
1. Have full comprehension of salvation and grow in God’s Word
2. Will recognize what is sin and how to keep from making mistakes
3. Learns to walk in the Spirit instead of the flesh
4. Able to help and teach others about God and His Word
5. Has moved on from truth to deeper things of God
6. Able to discern good/evil and guided by God’s Word on moral issues
7. Follows Christ and looks for His answer instead of man’s answers
8. Able to help others overcome their faults and problems
9. Rooted and grounded in God’s Word so that you are not swayed from truth
10. Using God’s armor as your shield from the enemy.
11. You know God and living His Word
Remember…getting from the milk to solid food takes time. Each person is different from another so you cannot compare because God created you each individually. The only way to grow is to keep rebellion and disobedience at bay. Do not allow those things to creep into your spiritual life or you will lack spiritually in every way.
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