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Friday, June 9, 2017

From Pablum to Power

June 9

(1 Peter 2:2-3 NIV) "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, {3} now that you have tasted that the Lord is good."

(Hebrews 5:13-14 NIV) "Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. {14} But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."

(Hebrews 6:1 NIV) "Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,"

As we mature in the faith, we should become more consistent and reliable. Grownups should be taking responsibility for themselves. They no longer need continuous supervision. The formula is this: Increasing age + increasing knowledge = increasing responsibility. As our spiritual birthdays accumulate, our knowledge should be increasing, and we should take increasing responsibility for meeting our spiritual needs. We should move beyond the need to be “spoon fed”. It is normal for baby Christians to crave spiritual milk, but eventually we must be weaned and grow into the solid food of the faith. We must move from pablum to power. Babies make people smile, but they have very little impact on the world. It’s with maturity that we become influential. If we refuse to grow up and live as mature believers, we remain dependent children, and we are useless to the Kingdom. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

1 comment:

  1. Just what I needed today . Kind of slacked off on my reading , this made me realize it and will get back to what I need to keep growing in my faith.