“When I grow up, I want to be weak and scrawny!” Nobody would ever say that! We don’t want any part of our lives to be weak and scrawny. We want to be strong both physically and spiritually. How does God give that strength to us? By feeding us.
Every parent knows what to say to a six-year-old who complains, “Why do I need to eat my peas?” The answer? “Because they’ll help you grow up big and strong.” God gives us the same answer for spiritual strength from his Word.
Imagine a world-class chef comes over to your house and says he will make you your favorite meal from scratch. All day long you smell the delicious aroma of the food being prepared in the kitchen. You’re getting hungry! Finally, he’s done preparing your meal and gives you a fork full. It’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten in your life. Would you tell him, “Thanks for the bite. I don’t need anymore”? No! In fact, you probably wouldn’t want anyone watching you devour the rest. Why would you act that way? Because you tasted how good it is!
You’ve experienced how good Jesus and his promises of forgiveness, life, and salvation taste. You crave it! “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2,3).
Keep eating your whole life! It’s how Jesus makes you strong.