We had a 4-year old child stay with us for a brief time in our house. Her parents told us she does not eat anything peppery; she takes white rice, spaghetti etc., all without soup. 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 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,
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:1).

Paul went on to say, “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear it, neither yet now are you able” (1 Corinthians. 3:2). Taking milk is characteristic of a baby because that is what their growth level can accommodate. But it is expected that as they take milk they 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, 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 remain 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; your choice. What can you hear (John 6:60)? What can you bear (John 16:12)? What Kingdom truth are you still arguing or struggling 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