What's on the Menu
After a long day at work, your body aches, your head is full of things that must be done tomorrow, and your belly is growling in anticipation for dinner. You kick off your shoes, roll up your sleeves, and sit down to a nice meal but, instead of a pile of butter mash potatoes and a hearty slice of juicy steak there’s a large glass of it blended in tiny chunks. A meat smoothie! How would you react? Now consider your spiritual life; after running this race with God are you in a place of maturity; using your fork and knife, or is blended baby food still on the menu?
People can be harsh in their judgments when it comes to how quickly a believer matures but, just as a newborn can’t eat
steak neither can a babe in Christ be expected to know it all. There is grace for anyone learning and growing to be a disciple. You have to kick old habits, submit to new ones in God’s word, and continuously feed your faith. What you feed will grow and what you starve will die. As a newbie to this whole salvation “stuff” you must eat as if your life depended on it. (It actually does.) Starve the things that are sure to get in the way of your growth and closeness to God. How do you know the difference? Just as you physically diet and exercise and see the changes in your body, you’ll be able to see the difference in your spiritual life on a daily basis.
Now, when it comes to those with a public record of serving the Lord “all their lives” or “for as long as they could remember” maturity is just as evident for them as it is for a
new believer. If your walk with God is now moving into another decade then there are some things about your life that are expected to be changed. Seems like a lot of pressure right? There should be! If you should be training for the Olympics but have been snacking on drive thru meals, how disappointed do you think your coach would be? When Paul was speaking to the church about their maturity he said, “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!” Hebrews 5:12 OUCH!! Paul was asking, just as God will ask, “What have you done with your time? What have you been eating?”
It takes discipline to be a disciple and yes, it can be difficult, but don’t be discouraged if you turn away from your fruits and veggies to have some ice cream. There is grace for our mess ups and our mistakes. The key is to get back on track, a track that has us walking so close to God that we begin to look like Him. That’s God’s plan. Not just salvation, salvation gets you in the race but, discipleship gets you a perpetual audience with the King, access to power and divine destiny. Don’t just walk with God under the label of Christianity but be an actual follower of Christ who grows daily. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. So you can have your steak AND eat it too.