S: Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. John 3:6 (NLT)
O: I don’t know why this hadn’t occurred to me before, because I’ve been in church long enough to have heard the expression, “baby Christians,” but this morning I was thinking about the truth in this label. While there may be some who accept Christ and are immediately made wise and mature in the Spirit (for the Father has put everything into Jesus’ hands, and He can freely give as He chooses), most of us (I can really only speak for myself here and my own experience) are responsible for nurturing, caring for, and feeding our spirit; we must choose to water, if you will, our spirit.
A: It is no wonder then, that some of us seem to not be growing in the Spirit; what are we feeding ourselves? Are we feasting on the garbage of the world – trash on TV, gossip on social media, gibberish on the radio? Are we filtering the noise, or do we let it wander around in our minds & hearts?
The world is a feast for the flesh – a smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat fleshly desires. Food for the Spirit is not so easily accessible; you must put forth some effort to find it. But if you desire the spirit within you to grow and mature, you will feed it with the Word of God…regularly. You will seek food from the Bread of Life! You will quench your thirst with the Living Water! You will remain connected to the Vine, and soak up His Light! You will walk through the Gate, and receive shelter and care from the Shepherd!
You will grow in spirit and in truth – following the One Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
But you have to feed the baby. You have to choose.
What will you feed your spirit today?
P: Jesus, I thank You for the nourishment of Your Word! Thank You for Your teachers who help us understand and digest the Word of God. May we continue to do the hard work of feeding our souls, but it is You we praise for making our Spirit grow! May we all continue to grow closer and closer to You. May you become more and more, and may we become less and less.
I love You, Lord. Amen
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