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Growing Up

Physically, you and I were once babies. We were fully dependent on our parents to feed and care for our every need. As you know, babies need frequent nourishment if they are to grow. I can remember when my youngest one, Ethan was born. As soon as he was delivered, he was placed on me and began drinking the nourishing milk that a mother provides. It was vital to his growth to continue to drinking milk, so early on he was being fed every 2 hours.

Spiritually we need to be fed as believers too. Not with milk, but with the living Word of God. When you were an infant you craved milk. As followers of Christ we are to long earnestly and yearn for the Word of Life. This nourishes us spiritually and causes growth and spiritual maturity. It tells us in Proverbs 30:5 that “every word of God is pure.” Hebrews 4:12 reminds us that “the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double edged sword..It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart.”

I’d like to ask you a personal question. How often to you read the Word? How is it changing you over time? Is it something that nourishes and sustains your life? I am learning that reading the Word is something I look forward to doing every morning. Over the years, I’ve worked at starting my day off with bible study, journaling and prayer. Connecting with the Father is a vital part of my life.

Scripture also talks about pressing on to maturing in our faith. As we grow from an infant to a young child we begin to eat solid food. Our bodies grow and develop and need more sustenance over time. Hebrews 5:12-13 tells us, “Anyone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.” Not only do we need to stay hungry for God and His word, but we need to be “trained to recognize right and wrong”. To grow in our discernment means to practice the Word.

What are some ways you can practically live out the Word in your life? How can you practice eating solid food instead of just drinking milk? I would encourage you to pray about it today and ask God where you are at in your spiritual journey of faith. As we read and meditate and grow in our knowledge of God let us “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:3)

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