The “food” for this meal is the Bible. Hebrew 5 uses the imagery of milk and solid food to explain that God’s Word is for mature, growing, Christians. The food is portable (a picnic) because we carry God’s Word with us, it’s memorized. When we’re trained and shaped by God’s Word we can recognize the difference between right and wrong.
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 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! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrew 5:11-14
Renew your mind with these verses!
The importance of Christ, central in your life. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
Your Heart, the Center of your life. “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
The importance of the Bible. ” But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”
James 1:25 (NIV)
Prayer: The power and peace of God. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
How We Grow in Christ.
Christian Conduct. “My dear brothers, take of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” James 1:19 (NIV)
God’s will for you: Constant joy, prayer & thanks. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s willl for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Love: Life Together. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Your Thoughts. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
How to Pray. “Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 (NLT)