From the beginning of the Baby Boom to it’s ending, (1946-1964) an average of 7 children were born in the United States each minute rounding the number of babies born in the Boomer era to roughly 77 million. Calculating the totals, it doesn’t take much to recognize that that’s a whole lot of babies! Thousands of babies to feed, cloth, educate, and to eventually place into the world on their own, yet thankfully, everything doesn’t happen overnight.
The entire life of a child rests on steps: communication, knowledge, and interpretation. “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; (I Corinthians 13:11)
Similar to the physical characteristics of a baby, so is the birth of a Christian.
As new believers we start out drinking milk-taking in the basic foundation of His word nurturing our body.
On the other hand, when a child continues to grow into youth and on to adulthood, he becomes a man putting away childish things (I Corinthians 13:11).
Much to the same progress should be the life of a new believer as they advance on to more solid food- a richer and deeper understanding of the word to which they are able to manage and chew except when they are hindered in their growth.
“I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. (1 Corinthians 3:2).
It is so easy to speak in agreement with our words, but a lack of follow through reveals the earnestness of the commitment. I believe that is what happens to many people who get caught up in the emotions of the moment when accepting Jesus. Starvation of their spirit becomes inevitable because they can not move past the experience, so they continue to drink milk to avoid choking on the solid truth of God’s word.
Although the world determines maturity by age and behavior, God’s scale focuses on spiritual maturity- the depth and growth of one’s learning of his truths, and the amazing part about God is that he doesn’t put an age limit on spiritual maturity. For example, you can be 85 and spiritually immature if you are just new in the Lord, or spiritually mature even if you are in your teens.
It is up to us to decide whether we want to set aside our childish ways and grow in the riches and nourishment His truth brings or to continue in our immature, fleshly ways, allowing the world to conform whom we are.
Whether it’s past hurts, anger, a root of bitterness, fear, pride, or a relenting to let go of our control, God understands. He will never break our free will to choose; although I have to say from experience that life is a lot more complicated and restless without Him and the peace and joy He brings.
Where do you stand in your spiritual walk? Are you trying to mix-up powdered milk or, are you loving the delicacies of His word?