Baby food or steak?

Pastor Zachary Elliott
Zachary Elliott, 2020

Zachary Elliott

Special to Valley News

What did you have for dinner last night? If I were to guess, I would say that you probably didn’t eat baby food for dinner. You probably didn’t chase your jar of Gerber Apple and Chicken Dinner down with a glass of Enfamil Gentlease formula.

There are two reasons I can come to this conclusion. The first reason is because baby food is actually disgusting. No normal person would actually eat it unless it was a life or death situation. Even then they might not.

The second reason is because you’re just too old to be eating baby food. You’re probably old enough now to be eating things like steak and potatoes, corn on the cob and chocolate soufflé. There comes a time in everyone’s life where they move from baby food to people food.

It should be the same with our spiritual lives. We all should come to the point when we move from being spiritually immature to being spiritually mature.

The Bible told us what spiritual immaturity looks like in Hebrew 5:12-14 when it said, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”

Immaturity is not God’s plan for you. He actually has a better plan for your life than you do. He wants you to become mature in your understanding of him and how he works in your life.

The best way to move from being spiritually immature to being spiritually mature is to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” according to 2 Peter 3:18.

Growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus is a must for every Christian if they want to be mature. The question is how do we do that?

For starters, we have to be learners, and the greatest way to learn more about Jesus is through his word. Make it a priority to read your Bible every day. Secondly, start attending a Bible-teaching church. Make church attendance a priority because that’s where you will connect with like-minded believers and be taught more about God’s word.

The first Christians knew the importance of meeting together as a church. And they would search out the scriptures to make sure they were being taught the truth. Imagine how grateful they would have been if they had access to the Bible like we do. It’s time to start reading your Bible and going to church.

If you begin to learn more about Jesus and discover his great love for you, you begin to grow spiritually. It’s in this growing process that you will discover greater peace and purpose in your life.

Zachary Elliott is the lead pastor of Fusion Christian Church in Temecula. For more information, visit, or find them on Instagram.