Tonight I had the incredible opportunity to get dressed up (I mean REALLY dressed up) with some amazing friends of mine and have fun making people laugh. I have always heard that the best conversations take place back stage and after tonight I get it!
While back stage (fully clad in my hot pink and tightly fitting multi-animal printed clothing) I was able to be a part of great conversations that left me thinking.
Why, in the church, to we tend to turn our noses at those needing baby food?
While a body can only grow so much from the nourishment in baby food. It is a form of nourishment (and thus spiritual nourishment) is it not?
How often to we become disgruntled with others who are still feeding on spiritual baby food and treat them with such disdain- as if to say, “we don’t serve that here“. If we are not feeding those still needing basic nourishment, where should they get it from? What infant (in life or faith) is fully capable to feed themselves?
|Baby Food game from the Baby Shower|
for our daughter Madi.
The idea of growing in our faith is much like growing a child. In the infancy of faith we all are going to need more “spoon fed” nourishment and teachings. As a child grows a good parent lets them try it on their own. What infant learning to feed themselves does so without ever making a mess or a fuss? This is messy work. That is why I “get” this predicament. But what parents transitions an infant from baby food by placing organic broccoli in front of them and getting frustrated when they don’t pick it up.
As we grow as individuals in our faith we should become discontent with the feedings we are getting. We should crave more. It is not necessarily the fault of our church, spouses, or Christian friends that we have discontentment. Discontentment is part of growth. What young child, still on baby food, when he sees a table set with food doesn’t grow discontent the jar of baby food he is being offered? The same is true with our faith! This is good.
As we grow in our faith, we will desire to feed ourselves and crave to be filled with more deeply satisfying nourishements. Two things we must not forget: 1. We are then called to help feed others still on the baby food. When we do this we should expect mess and failed attempts. Help them clean up, wipe their tears, and encourage them to keep trying. This too is our role. 2. Pray for him to deepen your hunger for him. Only when we truly hunger than can we truly appreciate the satisfaction being fed brings. Praise God for giving us places to gather locally to be fed and have the chance to feed others.
Let us never turn someone away hungry whom God has put at our doorsteps.
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly —mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 1 Corinthians 3:1-2
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. 1 Peter 2:2-3
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! Hebrews 5:12
|Baby Food Game the Baby Shower|
for Madi. I wonder if we look this
silly when we grow in Christ and
refuse to fill ourselves with more than
spiritual baby foods.