More Than Baby Food | Devotion #4: Baby Diet
Tommy Youngquist | Children’s Pastor
All week long, we have been using 1 Corinthians 13:11 to illustrate spiritual progression in our lives. We are going to switch gears today and turn to a very well-known Scripture concerning spiritual maturity.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, “But I, brothers [and sisters], could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
When my daughter Heidi was about 6 months old, she started eyeing everything that Ashley and I ate. It was hilarious. Her eyes would follow the food on our forks from plate to mouth. We got excited about the prospect of feeding Heidi solid food, so we started the transition from milk to real food. Every time we sat down for dinner, we would give her little bits and pieces of whatever we were eating, and Heidi loved it! It was great until she could not go number two anymore. Our poor baby went ten days one time without defecating. She was miserable! It got so bad we had to use an enema on her as she writhed in pain. We felt like the world’s worst parents. She was not ready for solid food. We will not be making the same mistake with Uriah when he starts ogling the dinner goods.
Unfortunately, most Christians are in the same spot spiritually speaking that Heidi was in physically. They are not ready for the transition from milk to meat. They are not mature enough in their spiritual lives to digest deep, theological issues found in God’s Word. They are not mature enough for God to trust them with spiritual responsibility. Why? We again find the answer in our 1 Corinthians passage, “And even now you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
Why are most Christians not ready? It is because they are still consumed with everything this world has to offer instead of what the next world offers. They care more about the big house, cars, clothes, and money than the things of God. They are jealous of everyone who has what they do not have. Because of that jealousy, their life is filled with strife. It is time to grow up and get ready for solid food. God wants so badly to start feeding you the good stuff, but you have to be ready. You get ready by changing your focus from earthly to eternal. When you do that, get ready and open wide because here comes the airplane.