I enjoy eating great food—and lots of it.
I like grilled Santa Maria tri-tip and wild Alaskan salmon. Beef tacos and pork tamales. Double cheeseburgers and strawberry shakes. Spicy chicken sandwiches and sweet potato fries.
But let me assure you, I don’t like eating Gerber’s baby food. Drinking milk from a warm bottle. Sitting in a high chair. Wearing a bib. Getting spoon-fed. Settling for mashed peas, yellow squash and apple sauce.
Sure, I drank and ate like a baby—60 years ago. But I stopped eating tasty paste out of a jar, and started enjoying all kinds of good food. I grew adult teeth and got a hearty appetite. I grew into the frame of a 6-foot, 3-inch athlete and ate ravenously—four times a day!
How’s your spiritual appetite?
When we come to faith, we start out on the Christian adventure as spiritual infants, desiring and drinking the milk of the Word. But as we grow in Christ, we should eventually drop our bottles and ditch our spoons—and start devouring the Scriptures.
That’s why Peter wrote, “Like newborn babes, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (2 Peter 2:2). From the get-go, God’s goal for us is to grow in Christ, and live as spiritually mature adults.
If we want to grow spiritually strong, we must learn how to feast on the Scriptures. We must stop spooning pureed pork chops, and start chewing Biblical beef steaks.
That’s why God invites us to devour his Word. Explore it. Study it. Memorize and meditate on it. Figure it out. Feast on it. That’s also why God expects us to start feeding ourselves—and stop relying on others.
The apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy—and all of us, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). That’s why we should diligently study the Scriptures.
In a nutshell—as Bible students—we look, listen and learn. We explore the Word of God. We look for treasures. We study and share what it says. We bulk up as believers, and “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:18).
One of my mentors taught me this principle of priority: “No Bible, no breakfast.” That’s a good rule of thumb for all of us.
More than ever, I believe the Scriptures nourish and strengthen our souls, fuel us to think and live Biblically, and equip us to serve our Savior and love people in a spiritually starved world.
That’s why I read and study God’s Word. That’s why I feast on the Scriptures. That’s why I’m growing stronger in Christ.