The Spiritual Growth of Milk & Meat

Spiritual Growth

You love Jesus? Yes! You attend church? Yes! You own a bible? Yes! You want to be accountable? Whoa girlfriend, slow down…

Getting to church on Sundays or owning a bible doesn’t require painful introspection. But if we truly love Christ more than ourselves, we will want more. Milk is good, but meat is better.

Hebrews 5:13-14

We all know to study God’s Word. That’s easy enough. But the application proves difficult. God speaks to and chastens us through His word (Deut. 8:5), but He also accomplishes this through our Biblical family and friends (Gal. 6:1-2).

I know what you’re thinking. “Why would I want someone getting into my personal business and talking to me about my sin?!”

Because Satan deceives us into believing we aren’t sinning at all.

Let’s say for example, I get mad at my husband (I know, this is so not relatable…). I proceed to give him the silent treatment (I’m aware this is wrong, I’m working on it.).

Anyway…

Like so often at our house, he doesn’t even know why I’m angry.

That same day, my dad calls. I proceed to tell him all about the thing my husband did that made me so angry. As a Christ follower, his job isn’t to condone my anger. His job is to help me understand my wrong.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa! He made you mad but you are the one in the wrong?”

Yep.

Partial or in whole, I am wrong. My Biblical father will point out to me; no one is perfect (Rom. 3:23), I am called to love (Matt. 22:39, 1 John 4:16), and I need to give forgiveness and grace as Christ gives it to me (Col. 3:12-17).

Now should I be angry at my dad?!

NO. I should thank him for his gentle Biblical teaching.

I then realize that thing my husband did wasn’t worth me being angry and causing strife over. I let it go.

My Biblical walk just experienced growth. I strive to be more like Christ. That requires correction. Having my Biblical dad to discuss my stuff with, allows me to mature.

He’s encouraging me not just to sip milk, but dig into the meat of the spiritual teachings of the Word of God.

He is my Accountability Partner. My dad wants me to grow closer to Christ; that is his greatest joy for me.

Do you have someone like that in your life? Someone who wants you to experience Christ fully? Someone who lives out the Word of God, produces Fruits of the Spirit and is an example of humility and grace?

I pray you do. It is a blessing indeed.

If you don’t, then I ask why? Are you seeking milk or meat? Do you wish to remain unchanged by the fellowship of Believers? Are you too prideful for rebuking?

Perhaps, you’d love to have an accountability partner. Begin praying about it. Are you ready to receive and be accountable? Is there a truly Biblical person in your life who could help you grow?

If after praying, you feel God is calling you to move in this way, my next post will talk about the traits of a Biblical accountability partner.

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