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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Baby Food Foundation

June 12

(1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV) "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."

(Hebrews 5:11-14 NIV) "We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. {12} 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! {13} 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 6:1-3 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, {2} instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. {3} And God permitting, we will do so."

We’ve all heard it said: "Grow up and stop acting like a baby." The same thing needs to be said to many Christians. Infantile behavior is normal - for babies. Pitching a fit to get what we want is normal - for babies. A milk and baby food diet is normal - for babies. But as we grow up and mature, our diet and behavior need to change. Crying when we don’t get our way is expected with babies, but it is unbecoming of adults. A milk and baby food diet is a good thing for infants, but it becomes dysfunctional if carried forward into adulthood. Times of weaning are always stressful, and changes in diet will always meet with resistance. But strong and mature Christians will leave the baby food of the faith and grow into a high protein spiritual power diet. This is a crucial transition for every believer, for in the end, we will become what we eat. What does your spiritual diet look like today? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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