Sunday, February 7, 2016

Becoming a Self-Feeding Christian

On the way home from church, a little boy asked his father, “Dad, how do you spell God?” The father spelled it out for him. He was thrilled his son was showing interest in spiritual things at such a young age. A few seconds later the boy asked, “Dad, how do you spell Zilla?”

Spiritually immature people are more interested in Godzilla than God. If you want to grow spiritually, it requires that you have an intense hunger to know spiritual things. When you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, you are born spiritually become a spiritual baby. And just like babies require milk, so do spiritual babies. Peter writes, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” (1 Peter.2:2).

Babies require someone else to feed them, and the same is true with spiritual babies. It’s okay for a baby to be a baby, but it’s not okay for a baby to stay a baby. A baby will eventually grow into an adult, but a spiritual baby doesn’t automatically grow with time.

You could have been saved 30 years ago but have the spiritual maturity of a 6-month old. The writer of Hebrews says, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead…you are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food” (Heb. 5:12-13 NLT). That’s like a 40-year-old sitting in a high chair with mouth wide open, waiting to be fed. You will never mature spiritually until you learn to feed yourself by reading and studying God's Word. Here’s how:

1. Read the Bible every day.  You can start by reading for 10 minutes a day. Choose a book of the Bible, such as Mark. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read. Slowly read a few verses from chapter 1 and think about what it’s saying. Don’t be in a hurry. If you read verses 1-8 today, mark the place and start with verse 9 tomorrow. Eventually you will read through the entire book of Mark, and then you can do the same with the book of Acts. If you miss reading for a day, don’t worry about it. Start the next day where you left off.

2. Write down what you’re learning. Buy a notebook and use it as your spiritual journal. Write the date and Mark 1:1-8 with your observations. As you continue to do this, you will be amazed at the encouragement you’ll receive from God’s Word.

3. Consider following a “Read through the Bible in a year” plan. This requires reading about 45 minutes a day to get through the entire Bible. I recommend www.lifejournal.cc where you can buy a notebook that is already marked with the verses to read and shows you how to use the S.O.A.P. method of writing daily devotions.

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