Milk vs. Meat
If you’ve been around the church-going type for a while, you have probably heard people complain about their leaders giving them milk when they want meat. Yes, this sounds absolutely absurd if you are not familiar with the lingo. What people mean is that they are getting “basic Christianity” (milk) when they want heavier, more challenging doctrines (meat). They get these terms from verses such as 1 Corinthians 3:2 and Hebrews 5:12-14.
Maybe you have made a similar complaint yourself. And maybe you have been in a church that really is not challenging people to wrestle with difficult truths, live out their faith, and love Jesus more than anything. I understand that in some ways and in some circumstances, such criticism may be valid. But if you are going to use that metaphor of milk vs. meat, here’s the thing you should consider: meat eaters feed themselves.
As babies, we start out on milk. We cannot yet chew or digest solid food. However, as we grow up, we master the art and skill of eating solids. If you order a filet mignon at a restaurant, do you ask the waiter to cut and chew it for you before you ingest it? (I really hope no one answers “yes” to that). So why would we blame our leaders for not cutting our spiritual food, chewing it up, and sticking the fork in our mouth?
Friends, we are responsible for our own eating habits. Are you going to let yourself starve waiting for someone else to feed you? We need to eat regularly by spending time in the Word of God. It gives us life and strength and helps us to grow.
But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
I know there are times when we do not feel like reading the Bible. I know we can sometimes spend time in the Word and feel like it is not accomplishing anything. It can be difficult to find the motivation. But check out this verse from Jeremiah:
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart.
Look at the order: first Jeremiah found God’s words, then he ate them, and THEN they became to him a joy and the delight of his heart. We start in discipline and obedience by taking in the Scriptures, believing in faith that over time we will find joy and delight in them.
If you are unsure where to start, here are a few resources that can help you:
So how are your eating habits? How are you going to change your diet?