Focus Verse: But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrew 5:14 (NKJV)
Back in 2009, my workout and eating regimen allowed me to go hard during the week and then on the weekends I could be more relaxed. My diet during the week pretty much consisted of the same meals repeated 5 times, but on the weekends when I was hanging out with my friends, I could live a little and change it up, pizza or maybe red velvet cheesecake! But then on Monday, back to my normal routine of the same meal, over and over again. It would change slightly, if I didn’t have fish then I would have chicken. and instead of sugar snap peas, I would have spinach.
I was fine with that routine. No, my meals weren’t exciting, but it worked for me so that’s all that really mattered.
A few years later, I found out that eating regimen no longer worked for me. I could no longer go hard during the week and be more relaxed on the weekend. It didn’t have the same effect as it did in 2009 and I wasn’t seeing the same results as before. Things had changed and I soon learned my regimen had to as well.
This is similar to our Christian walk if we are growing in Christ. The things you once did that sustained you when you were a babe, feasting on the milk of God, aren’t sufficient for you now that you desire solid food. Your old routine is no longer sufficient and you no longer experience growth. What you used to do is not working for where you are trying to go. Your desires have changed. Your appetite for Christ has changed. You are no longer fine with your routine. You desire more.
As we grow in our relationship with Christ and just like any other relationship, the closer you get, the deeper you go. The deeper you go, the more you want to learn and cultivate.
When you are eating right and working out regularly the results aren’t evident to just you, but everyone else around you. The same is true for your growth in Christ, others will notice.
Does your life reflect a life of change and growth? Is it evident that you are a follower of Christ in your thoughts, words and the things that you do? Where in your life should you be desiring solid food, but instead you as still drinking milk?
Prayer: Father God, thank You for this time of reflection. It is my desire to consistently be growing and maturing in You. Help me to be mindful of when I need to allow myself to be stretched beyond the norm, in order to grow in You. Allow my growth to be evident to those around so that You may be magnified in my life. In Jesus name, amen!