Feasting On HIs Word

If you are a Mom, aunt, sibling, cousin or just a observant soul, you probably have watched a baby feed on his milk.  He eagerly feeds as if he had never eaten before today.  He smacks his lips and makes all kind of sounds including contentment once he starts to feed.  If he doesn’t receive nourishment, he begins to cry loudly from hunger in order to get your attention.  He wants it now and eagerly draws it in as quickly as he can. Without milk he will not survive, his growth will be stunted and he will die if not nourished. When we become a new Christian, God’s Word is our milk.  We crave it and desire to dig in with everything we’ve got. We have an insatiable appetite for the Word.   

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.

Do you provide mentoring to a new Christian by helping them understand God’s Word? Help them have a full life. Share God’s truths. Life without the Word is hopeless.