What if I told you that there is a very popular diet plan among Christians that has some very deadly consequences? Apparently, many partakers of this diet plan only eat one meal per week and expect to not only live, but to thrive and flourish! Sounds crazy, right? The truth of the matter is that many Christians are wrongly convinced that, by simply hearing the Word of God once per week during a church service, they can both sustain life and grow into a spiritual adult. Sadly, the consequences of this conviction are deadly.
Once we take that first step on our Christian journeys, we must “desire the pure milk of the Word, that [we] may grow thereby, if indeed [we] have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” It is blatantly apparent throughout Scripture that we are hard wired to hunger for knowledge, and when we are starving for ‘food’, our flesh scrambles for any scraps, or junk, that are nearby, even though our spirits crave the milk of the Word. In many cases, the ‘food’ that we keep in our houses are poisonous junk, even though it seems to satisfy our hunger pangs for a while. Before we know it, we are fat and lazy with dulled senses, and can scarcely discern what is healthy anymore. However, there is a solution!
From this point, the only solution is to repent, purify your diet, and begin an exercise regimen to get back in fighting shape. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
With growth as the primary goal in the Christian life, a thorough cleanse from pure milk rids the body of the junk that our flesh craved, and sheds the excess weight brought on by eating it. Now comes the hard part! Once this cleanse is complete, we begin an intense exercise regimen that sharpens our senses through spiritual discernment. Due to the intensity of this regimen, the junk food that our flesh craved no longer appeals to us! In fact, these new exercises are so intense that they create a deep hunger that can only be satisfied by solid food. Finally, we are now fit to fight, grow, and THRIVE!
- 1 Peter 2:2-3, NKJV.
- Hebrews 5:12-14, NKJV.