We had a 4-year-old child stay with us for a brief time in our house years ago. Her parents told us she would not eat anything peppery. She only takes white rice, spaghetti, etc., all without stew. It looked surprising to us that my wife had to use wisdom to gradually introduce her to peppery food. She left our house eating all kinds of peppery foods!

Friend, babyhood is not a sin; it is only a phase of growth in life and destiny. But to remain a baby is a major concern in the heart of God and those to whom He has entrusted us. This is why Paul expressed his disappointment when he told the Corinthians that he could only relate with them as babes in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1).

Taking milk is characteristic of a baby because that is what their growth level can accommodate (1 Corinthians 3:2). But it is expected that as they take milk they should grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2). Taking milk is only a phase and must not be seen as a state of life.

There are lots of people today who cannot take beyond the milk of the word. This is the exciting or soft part. But God expects that as you taste and see that the Lord is good, you need to come into the experience of discipleship and kingdom responsibility (Psalms 34:8).

You are what you eat. Feeding only on milk can only get you as far in the kingdom. To go further with God, you need to grow into feeding on “Solid Food” (Hebrews 5:13-14). Everyone will come to this point of decision; to continue feeding on milk or to go higher and further with God unto deeper stuff. Many of Jesus’ disciples could not cross that bridge, so they lost out in divine purpose (John 6:53-66).

This season, change your diet. Make a decision to go unto deeper things with God (Hebrews 6:1). Growth in the kingdom is not automatic. It is a choice. What can you hear (John 6:60)? What can you bear (John 16:12)? What Kingdom truth are you still arguing with (Hebrews 5:11)? You cannot step into kingdom purposes and responsibilities beyond what you can eat (Isaiah 9:6).

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria