Human beings are made up of three distinct components: soul, spirit and body. We need balanced physical diet to maintain our body but we also need balanced spiritual diet, which is the Word of God, for our soul and spirit. Unfortunately, the Word of God that is preached in many churches today is not giving believers the adequate nutrients that are needed for spiritual growth.
Our diet changes as we grow physically in life to suit anatomical and physiological developments in our body. The spiritual food for Christians should also change as we proceed in our Christian journey.
Spiritual solid food, as opposed to spiritual milk for baby Christians, help mature believers to live a life of self-denial, cross-carrying, facing challenges with joy, and focusing on the Kingdom of God.
Apostle Paul made a comparative analysis of physical growth and Christian spiritual growth: “For everyone who lives on milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have the power of discernment, trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrew 5:13-14 ESV).
Immaturity and the inability of Christians to distinguish good from evil is responsible for the manipulations and latent abuses in churches today.
Apostles Paul and Barnabas did not tell converts in their first missionary journey that by next week they would all become millionaires, that Jesus had suffered for them and that they did not need to suffer as Christians, that Jesus died poor in order to make them rich, that since they have received Christ that they were qualified to enjoy the Kingdom of God. They simply told them to prepare because a lot of suffering, persecution and trouble await them as they carry their crosses to follow Jesus.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Oscar Amaechina