One night we were out eating with my in-laws. We sat down and began eating the peanuts. This place lets you throw the shells on the floor which makes my kids very happy. I get my standard Diet Coke and the others get their drinks as well. As we go around to order, I get a steak and baked potato. My wife and the others make their orders as well. My son ordered a kid’s meal that was a steak with “steak” fries. We kept visiting while we waited for the food to arrive. After a bit the waitress brought out the food and began distributing the food. She passes the plate over and he gets his order. He looks at it and looks at me. In an innocent and kind way he points at the food and told the waitress that he did not order what was on the plate. “What?”, I asked. I told him that what he had is what he ordered. He politely said that he ordered steak fries and these were potato fries.
“Where’s the meat?”, he asked. I love that boy!! He wanted an all meat dinner.
11 We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain, since you have become too lazy to understand. 12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature—for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.
(Hebrews 5:11-14, HCSB)
We have heard many people who want to “go deeper”. Often we use these verses to prove why we need to “go deeper” in study and wisdom. We have more Bible studies, more groups, more reading, and “deeper moments” with God. I am not arguing that we need to move from the milk to the solid food, or meat of the gospel. What I am arguing is the method by which we go deeper and the standards of that depth. The Scripture is clear here that those who move from milk to meat are not having more and lengthier studies. The move to meat is revealed in these ways:
Maturity. When I was child I thought as a child and behaved like a child. Now that I am a man I think and act like a man. One of the differences is a matter of discernment. The mature have trained their senses to distinguish. Someone who is “going deeper” is learning to distinguish and act on that information.
Ethics. The milk drinkers are inexperienced with the message of righteousness. Meat eaters have experience with righteousness because they are acting righteous more and more. This is not about being uppity righteous, but living holy. The ethic of the mature is derived from discernment and then acted upon. Someone “going deeper” is actually acting more than thinking. Thinking and learning about righteousness is not as fine as actually behaving righteously.
Attitude. This is the private side of meat eaters. Eating meat, coupled with exercise, builds a strong frame. Eating a good steak makes me feel good on the inside. The flavor and satisfaction is grand. No one sees this because it is internal. Going deeper in your Christian walk develops an attitude that is more than familiar with God’s Spirit. The way you think is adjusted. That which passes through your mind during stress, gossip, or difficulty adjust from darkness to light. No one will know this change but you will feel satisfaction like never before.
Training. The first time my son ate meat it did not agree with him. After a short time his body was trained to receive it better. Now he cannot eat enough of it! At first, the meat of the Word seems difficult. It might feel weird in your spiritual stomach. Eating small bites leads to larger bites. In the end you will want “steak” fries rather than “potato” fries with your spiritual steak.
Now I am hungry. You? Have a great day!!