Caleb is growing. Drinking milk helps. We plan to add rice cereal to his diet in a few weeks. (That’s special cereal for babies, not Rice Chex.) Then, although much of his intake will still be milk, he’ll be a solid-food-eating big boy.
What would happen if we were to give him only milk forever? No rice cereal. No peas or peaches. No sandwiches or soup or spaghetti. Just milk. Poor baby.
As Caleb has changing culinary requirements, Christians have evolving needs in their spiritual diets. “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Heb 5:13-14).
If you’re a relatively new follower of Jesus, I hope you have a more experienced Christian to guide you with dietary suggestions. If not, find one.
If you’ve been in the Jesus Way for a while, keep advancing your diet. Don’t ever assume that what you’re currently doing is sufficient for the remainder of your spiritual growth. And remember that babies don’t eat on their own, so consider being a guide; but don’t try to guide a new Christian if you’re not intentionally growing through an evolving diet.
(Day 351: Hebrews 1-6)