Recently James Dobson made public that Donald Trump has received Christ as his Lord and Savior. He would not divulge who led Trump in the sinner’s prayer, but I heard it was Franklin Graham.
That point is irrelevant, but I’m elated to hear that news. My eyes actually leaked a little when I was praying to thank God for His mercy and grace towards this man, (I still can’t admit that I occasionally weep – eyes leaking seems manlier).
I will never forget when I accepted Christ as my Savior. As a baby Christian it took many years of Bible study before anyone might even fathom that I was a Christian. I still had flaws galore, and come to think of it, I still do! I’ve discovered that it’s a slow process to change a lifetime of evil bad habits to be more like Jesus. I’m still working towards that noble goal.
The Bible uses many descriptors to define this new creature phenomenon, “born again” not being the least of them. In 1 Cor. 3:2 the Apostle Paul was addressing those in Corinth and gave us an idea of how God is working to refine us babies: Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly — as infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for solid food. In fact, you are still not ready, for you are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and dissension among you, are you not worldly? Are you not walking in the way of man?
In Hebrews 5:12 another reference appears: Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the basic principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food!
And in 1 Peter 2:2 it states: Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
So as infants we need milk.
Does a parent get angry at an infant when they make a mess of things? No, they understand that the little child hasn’t been trained yet and doesn’t really know what it should do. I think God looks at infant Christians in similar fashion. An infant has to learn. First they crawl, and then get up on their knees and rock back and forth, and before you know it they take off crawling all over the place. Later they walk, and then run.
So someone who is already up and running should refrain from condemning a newborn like Donald Trump (or whoever), that is still laying in a crib trying to focus their eyes.
Matthew Henry wrote in part: “The most simple truths of the gospel, as to man’s sinfulness, and God’s mercy, repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, stated in the plainest language, suit the people better than deeper mysteries.
There are many that may have tremendous doctrinal knowledge, yet their contentions and quarrels about religion and other matters are sad evidences of carnality. True religion makes men peaceable, not contentious. But it is to be lamented, that many who should walk as Christians, live and act too much like other men. Many teachers, and preachers also show themselves to be yet carnal by vain-glorious strife, eagerness for dispute, and readiness to despise and speak evil of others.
Hmmm . . . Well said . . .
The spiritual milk and solid food of a Christian is the word of God. We grow spiritually by consuming it. Christian experience is a spiritual sense, taste, or delight of the goodness, sweetness, and excellence of the truths of the gospel. And no tongue can express the satisfaction which the soul receives, from a sense of Divine goodness, grace, and love to it in Christ.
So if you are looking for a place to dine today, then pick up that Bible and dig in. Don’t worry about the check, God will pick up the tab for todays and every meal.
“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink – even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk – it’s all free!
June 29 2016 – Click here to listen