29 March 2014
Being a Christian is not easy. When we first come to know Jesus, the spiritual food that Paul speaks about us taking is compared to milk. Like infants we crave spiritual milk. It’s simple, easy to consume and quickly digestible. But then the bible also talks about the mature Christian needing solid food, and not always depending on milk to sustain him or herself.
But when you think about solid food, the options are VAST! You have different types of meat, different ways of cooking the same thing, you have healthy food, junk food, comfort food, different cuisines and all.
“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.” Hebrews 5:13
The more time i spend as a Christian, the more i am aware that being a Christian is sometimes very very confusing. There are different philosophies, different teachings, different ways of living life toward and for Christ. Sometimes we need to discern what is spiritually immature food or junk food, what is healthy and what is not. Sometimes it is also packaged so well that many believe the wrong thing and live the wrong way.
It’s not easy, it’s very hard. But we do what we can, and we stay focused on the goal of living less for ourselves and more for Jesus and others. If we hold on tight to that principle, then the chances of us choosing good spiritual food will improve.
I don’t think we need to be too obsessed with what we “eat”, although it is useful to be conscious of what we take in spiritually. For there is also freedom in Christ, and there is also the Holy Spirit, our good counselor. May they guide us in our thoughts and choices in life and how we live our our faith. My conscience in the Holy Spirit will guide me. This verse speaks exactly my thoughts now:
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. ” 1 Corinthians 10:23
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
My Father Lord, guide me in your ways through the secret heart. May my conscience always be open and bare before you. Whether in purity or impurity, i lay it out before you because you see everything already. Only may you keep no record of my wrongs Lord and forgive me in your kind mercy. Then i shall be white as snow and learn to keep your ways in love and make you proud of me.