1 Peter 2 (New King James Version)
Hebrews 5:12-14 (New King James Version)
12 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. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk isunskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 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.
The topic of “milk” and “meat” is one I have been thinking about lately. I grew up hearing that the “milk” is just weak things for weak Christians and that a “real” Christian only needs the “meat”. I now believe the “milk” is the basic foundational truths of Christianity. Who God is and how He relates to us; how we approach God; etc. I am still working on the “meat” but I think it has to do with many things related to the Law of God. How we live now that we are new creatures; applying the Word of God to our everyday life; what part of the Law (if any) applies to us and so much more.
Just as only feeding on milk produces a weak Christian, I am proof that only being fed meat also produces a weak Christian. Until recently, I only heard sermons that were full of “meat” (the Law of God) and barely any with “milk” ( the foundational truths). Because of this, I did not have a relationship with God, I was just following a bunch of do’s and don’ts. And if someone did not follow those same do’s and don’ts then they must not be a “real” Christian.
I do understand that you cannot just stay on the “milk”, but I believe that you have to build on it and use it as a basis for everything else. Let me give a farm example here. My parents raised goats for awhile. When baby goats are born, if they are not fed the colostrum milk within 24 hours, they will just drop dead in two weeks. I believe if a Christian is not fed “milk” their Christianity becomes dead. Since I was not fed the “milk” I have to now go back, start over, and bring my Christianity “back to life” so to speak.
I also wonder who is responsible for “feeding” me. My pastor touched on this in his sermon on Sunday. He tries to have some “milk” and some “meat” in each of his sermons because there are Christians at all stages of growth in the congregation, as well as unsaved people. He said that he is not responsible for our personal relationship with God. That it is our responsibility to make sure we are taking what he is teaching and applying it to our lives. He said we are to be making sure we are searching the scriptures and keeping our hearts from becoming a dank cellar.
I would love to hear your take on this.