By Timothy E. Davis
“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for
it. Indeed, you are still not ready for it.” 1 Corinthians
Our niece is fighting attempts to
shift her diet from formula in a bottle to baby food.
She is failing to embrace the change. She wants to stay in
her comfort zone. In much the same way, the work of God
suffers tremendously from our spiritual immaturity. God
needs mighty spiritual warriors; not a bunch of spiritual
cowards. Jehovah needs elite Special Forces spiritual
warriors. We are to battle Satan at every turn, waging an
unending war against him and his unseen forces of darkness.
Instead, we cower in the corner while Lucifer mocks us.
Spiritual warriors must train constantly
to be effective. You can not take a soldier who has not been
to the weapons range in two years and put him into the
middle of a firefight. He is useless without that training.
Some Christians among us appear to have formed a new
denomination, "Christian Minimalists". They steadfastly
believe in doing the absolute minimum they can for the cause
of Our Redeemer. Unfortunately, the body of Christ is full
of them. The Holy Scriptures predict their fate. It tells us
they will be saved, but as a man escaping through a fire.
Our spiritual Coach, God, keeps
telling us he wants us in the starting line up. Our Father
tells us we are ready. He promises to be right there on the
sidelines giving instructions and tips. We are told if we
get confused, we can call a time out and come directly to
Him to talk. But we say no, Coach, send in someone else. I
am just happy to be on the team. This bench is real
comfortable. I feel safe here. It is what I am used to.
When we limit Our Messiah to
Sundays and Wednesdays, we are sitting on the spiritual
bench. We are stubbornly refusing to grow spiritually. We
tell Jehovah to send someone else in when we fail to study
our Bibles every day. We wallow in our spiritual immaturity
when we fail to spend quiet time with the Lord. We drink
babies milk when we forget that prayer, like any other
conversation, is a two way street. It requires both speaking
AND listening. How can the Master use us for mighty things
when we will not even do the small things He asks of us? How
can we shake the foundations of Hell and make demons flee
when our Bibles gather dust and we forget to take to our
knees daily to pour out our hearts to Our Heavenly Father?
It is long past time for us to stop
being spiritual infants. It is long past time for us to live
up to our spiritual potential. Want to see revival in your
church? Get off the spiritual milk! Want to see the Holy
Spirit move in your life? Move on to the solid spiritual
food of a mature believer!
- Timothy E. Davis submitted this article to BulletinGold,
along with the simple request that he be contacted should
you choose to utilize it in your local bulletin. He
may be contacted at
firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2007
Timothy E. Davis.