We have two baby goats on our farm who were rejected by their mother. I am now their surrogate mother, complete with bottles of goat milk replacer (think formula for baby goats) to feed them. In the morning I will hear their cries for attention and food, much like a human baby. They are now four weeks old and often put inside a penned area during the weekends so they can be safe and still explore the outdoors. The doeling is starting to eat grasses and dried leaves, like the older goats do. The buckling is not. He prefers all his meals in bottle form.
While they are both at the age for bottle feeding, eventually the bottle will no longer be an option. Grazing and hay will be a crucial part of a healthy diet for growing into a mature goat. If left to his own devices, I believe the buckling would be quite content to be fed only milk. The Church can have many who choose to live in the same way.
We are called to grow as believers. Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature (1 Corinthians 14:20 ESV). Just as Jesus did not remain a child, but, …increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52 ESV). We are called to grow, in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18, ESV).
A diet of the sweet spiritual milk, although enjoyable, will not contain the complex nutrients a Christian needs to continue to learn and grow wise in the teachings of Jesus. Nor will it allow the believer to become strong to withstand the struggles and trials during their faith journey.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light, (Colossians 1:9-12 ESV).
We cannot grow increasingly in Christ when we do not spend time taking in more than the simple things. Consider it “leveling up” in the Faith. We must grow so we can encourage others to grow. College courses are not taught by high school students, they are taught by those who have learned and studied the subject matter and often have at least one Ph.D. after their name.
Best Beloved, it’s time to leave the bottles behind and seek the meat and potatoes of Scripture so we can find the Truths we claim to believe and live them out loud to the glory of God. How can you know the truths of Christ to trust in and lean on in trials if we have not taken it into ourselves?
For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:8).