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But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14, NKJV)

As I write this I can’t help but be amazed, it’s been about 50 since we moved to Utah. Shortly after we arrive, our oldest son joined a youth program called AWANA. We were very excited when we reviewed and read the handbook for 3rd grade boys. In one of the first sections our son learned, “memorizing the Word of God is like eating” because it provided spiritual nourishment. We appreciated the emphasis of the program on consuming biblical truth.

As time went on we saw him, the pastor’s son, and others eagerly learn hundreds of Bible verses. These clubbers participated in Bible quizzes where their goal was to learn fifty verses word perfect. Competition and awards motivated most of their learning. As time passed, we saw them put into practice the Biblical truths they had learned. Our oldest son went on to become a medical missionary to Nigeria. The pastor’s son became a pastor himself. Our middle son became an AWANA leader and our youngest son became a youth pastor, teacher, engineer and father of a missionary son.  Voracious consumption of the Word of God was an important part of their dietary focus on salvation, Christian growth, and their own relationship with God.

These and many others in this youth program eagerly followed the command in Hebrews 5:14 to desire the nourishment of the Word. So salvation and Christian growth followed.

We eagerly eat God’s Holy Word.

Grow from what we memorized and heard.

Taste and see that God is good.

Partake daily of God’s healthy food.

The type of spiritual food we consume determines our Christian growth.

  • Describe how a person benefits from a proper diet.
  • How would you describe your spiritual diet? 
  • Look up the word discern in a concordance.