You can’t build the second floor if there’s no foundation! Of course, that’s understandable in the physical realm but what about the spiritual realm? It’s the same way. And if you know this and understand that it’s going to take effort to grow in the Lord, you’re far ahead of many Christians.
1 Peter 2:2 (KJV) 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
1 Peter 2:2 (AMP) 2 Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation,
New born-again Christians are exhorted by the Lord to desire the sincere milk of the word so that they can grow, mature, and go on to eating the meat of the Word. Unfortunately, many Christians, if not most, get saved and then get stuck! They don’t go on and mature so now we see aged Christians in the Church who are actually babies. This is not good and I’ll tell you why.
If babies don’t’ grow up, they become stunted and crippled in their walk with the Lord. They go to pray but when they don’t see their desired results, they start to lose heart and it’s only a matter of time until they become a CHINO—Christian In Name Only. There’s no joy, no power, no supernatural manifestations in their lives. But this can all change!
It’s a known method when learning a language to actually go to that specific country where they speak the language you want to learn and immerse yourself in it. That’s called the immersion method. And so it is with learning and growing up in the Word of God. You have to immerse yourself in God’s Word for God’s Word to get in you and you can grow. Immersion is the way to build your foundation so that your second floor won’t cave in.
So, how do we do that? It’s really very simple but it takes time, effort, and diligence. And, get this—you actually have to read and study the Word of God, not just quote a few daily scriptures as you’re running out the door to work! But, my dear brothers and sisters, it’s worth all the effort and more because you’ll get to the place where you begin to see God’s Word come alive in your life! And that is more than money can buy!
Time spent in the Word of God is never wasted because time spent in the Word is time spent with God because Jesus is the Word of God!
John 1:1 (KJV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Ephesians 4:14 (KJV) 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Ephesians 4:14 (AMP) 14 So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.