My bologna has a first name…Kroger! I don’t want to speak in derogatory tone about one of my favorite lunchmeats. I grew up enjoying a bologna sandwich with mustard only. I could get one at my Pappy’s store. It was really good eating. I didn’t grow up eating a lot of steak because there were 5 kids with Mom & Dad and we were on a budget. Steak was enjoyable once in a while. If I had to choose between steak and bologna, I’d choose steak.
I have lots of choices today in my life – I can have the really good stuff or settle for the cheap stuff. I don’t want to “dog out” the cheap stuff, but I do want mention that it’s my choice most of the time. I actually choose bologna sometime because it takes me back to my childhood and I just like the taste of it. The Hebrew writer challenges me to investigate the type of spiritual diet I’m on. Check this out….11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:11-14 NIV)
It seems that some people think that we become a stronger Christian by going to church more. I think there is a serious flaw in that thinking. I don’t get smarter just going to the library and being around books. I must dig in and study and learn to grow my intelligence and my understanding. The same is true for Christ followers, we can’t just listen to others speak and teach from the word – we need to study for ourselves. Just getting older as a Christian doesn’t make me deeper or wiser as a Christian. I do believe that consistent study in the Word of God reveals truth about me and truth from God that changes my perspective. The more training I receive in the Word, the more application I can make in my personal life. Spiritual maturity is a process NOT a one-time event. I’m planning to stay in the process of becoming spiritually mature and strong until I breathe my last breath.
I want to chew on the meat of the Word of God today. I’ll maybe have a bologna sandwich for lunch!Pressing On! Dwayne