1 Peter 2:2-3 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
So why is it that we do not “feed” our new Christians by helping them understand God’s Word. Babies are not expected to get their own meals. How then can we expect them to grow as Christians without teaching? So often, our churches rejoice at the salvation of a new soul but then leave them to fend for themselves to grow in the Word. We don’t seem to grasp the importance of mentoring and teaching them. Yes, the Holy Spirit illuminates the Word opening up each passage and making God’s Word clear to every child. But God has also gifted His children to teach and guide His “babies”. Even milk is ingested one swallow at a time. Babies don’t instantly become a mature person or a mature Christian. We need to provide assistance/mentoring for them. What a delight to see a new Christian growing in wisdom as he draws closer to the Lord!
Ephesians 4:11-16 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.