I remember it well…trying to feed our kids baby food when they were very little. I’d pretend that the spoon was an airplane, make the ‘flying’ noise, and try to get the spoon into the mouth (then use the spoon to gather the extra food that they’d spit out).
Usually, my kids seemed to be entertained and it worked, but occasionally it wouldn’t work, and they’d just close their mouths tightly and try to move away. On one such occasion, I was curious and actually tasted what I was giving them (I think it was baby peas).
No wonder they spit it out! Disgusting!
Some baby foods, however, were good. Baby applesauce was always good. Now I saw that there’s a babyfood Burger and Fries! I have no idea whether or not it’s ‘legit’, but that may have made it easier to feed!
Here’s the deal though: Baby food–even Burger and Fries flavor–cannot sustain a growing person. Even the baby food makers acknowledge this, and design other foods for toddlers, etc. They assume that, after about 1 year, that child is then going to be eating solid food. Progression is normal, healthy, and expected.
Spiritually speaking, there should be growth also. The writer of Hebrews wrote,
“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.[c] You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.” (Hebrews 5:12-6:1)
Some of US–today–need to be progressing from ‘Baby Food’ to Solid Spiritual Food…but we’re not. Rather, we’re being ‘spoon fed’.
Sometimes we may go to church and feel inspired, convicted, or moved. That’s great…but no matter how powerful the Sunday service is, that cannot be all that you ‘eat’ that week! You need to be digging into the Word and seeking God on your own too.
THAT is one way that we can grow, develop and mature.
This week, don’t settle for baby food…take a bite into some spiritual meat!