My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Monday, December 12, 2011
What's for dinner?
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need
again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles
of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
(Hebrews 5:12 NASB)
For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
(Hebrews 5:13 NASB)
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
(Hebrews 5:14 NASB)
What's for dinner? This is a question in relation to spiritual
food. Not everyone is eating the same thing because not everyone is in
the same place in terms of their spiritual life. However, if we've been
walking with the Lord for a long period of time, there is no reason
that we ought to still be eating baby food! We are warned that we must
grow up, that there is no way that we can survive on milk only. It is
good for a particular period of time in our lives, but as the body
grows, milk will never sustain us. In the same way, for those of us who
are followers of Christ, if we are to grow, we must continually move on
and become mature. Jean Daniélou reminds us that we are not to try and
hold onto any particular stage in our spiritual development because
that would "put a stop to the movement of the soul. For sin is
ultimately a refusal to grow." (From Glory to Glory, 59-60)
So again I ask, what's for dinner? If sin is a refusal to grow,
this becomes a very serious question. There seem to be places in our
spiritual walk where we almost get to a plateau and we want to hang out
there. Maybe it is as we first begin our spiritual walk. We are
enjoying being in church and learning new things but when we are
challenged to go deeper, we simply say that this is enough and we don't
need more. The truth is, we do need more. We must keep on pressing on
and getting to know Him more and more. There may be another plateau as
well, one in which we believe that we have reached a point of spiritual
satiety. We have been entirely filled with the Holy Spirit and we have
entirely consecrated ourselves to Him. But here comes another powerful
statement from Daniélou. "It is thus a mistake to imagine perfection as
a state of complete immobility in restored innocence. Perfection is
progress itself: the perfect man is the one who continually makes
progress. And this cannot have limit." (From Glory to Glory, 52) There is no limit to our
continuous forward progress because we are united with Christ and He is
God, and He is infinite. Therefore to think and/or believe that there
is an end is simply wrong. Every single day of our lives ought to be
one of forward progress in our relationship with God, for our goal is to
So, what's for dinner?
Lord, may I, this day, draw nearer to You and grow in Your holy presence. Amen.