The journey of Christianity is a continuing quest for knowledge, growth, and spiritual maturity. Everyone has to start somewhere. But once we begin, we need to challenge ourselves to grow beyond Christian babies.
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,”
–1 Peter 2:2
Even if we are already adult humans, when we begin learning about the Holy Bible, Christ and Christianity, it is a new world for us. We can liken ourselves to newborn babies. In the above verse, the apostle Peter encourages us to develop an appetite for the Gospels, which he compares to “spiritual milk.”
And just like babies, we don’t get our nourishment on milk forever. But once we have been “weaned” off the milk, we need to grow and consume more solid food. As we develop, we began to eat more solid food, and this, in turn, causes us to grow stronger. The same parallel thinking applies to Christianity.
“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.”
– Hebrews 5:13
Christianity is not “set it and forget it.” The Christian, throughout their lifetime, is a work-in-progress.
The danger all Christians face is becoming what is sometimes called a “Sunday Christian,” one who goes to church every Sunday, listens to a sermon for an hour or so, and then doesn’t think about Christ again until next Sunday.
As a Christian, you need to continually read and study the Gospels. Even more importantly, you need to apply what you learn to your everyday life.
For comparison, you could read about how to play baseball all you want, but until you actually get on the field and throw the ball – you’re no baseball player.
You can go to church all you want, you can read the Bible all you want, but until you actually apply its teachings to your life and live by them, you aren’t living a godly life.
Growth means continually learning and constantly applying what you learn.
“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
– Hebrews 5:14
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
Learning the teachings of God takes time. The Bible is a large tome made up of 66 books. Online, you can find numerous Bible reading plans. You’re sure to find one that meets your available time. Of course, you need to prioritize reading and learning the Bible, which means you need to make time for doing so.