I Wanna Be a Fat Baby – Don’t You?

Posted: August 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

If we are to hunger after God’s word as a baby does for his mother’s milk, and if being discipline in doing such will make my soul full, complete, and fat, then it follows that, spiritually speaking – I wanna be a fat baby.

I was a 9 plus pound baby. I was a chubster of a newborn. For Am and I, we don’t know whether or not our first child who is due in October will be a little peanut, or, follow in the footsteps of his father and be a big baby.

However, there is one thing we can for sure count on. Regardless if our baby is 7 pounds or 9 pounds, he will definitely crave for milk, and crave for it often, causing him to grow.

When it comes to God’s word, there are two verses which come to mind in light of all this baby talk:

Proverbs 13:4 “The sluggard craves and grasps nothing, but the soul of the discipline is made fat.”

1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, hunger for the guileless/pure spiritual milk of the word, so that, by it, you may grow in respect to salvation.”


Biblically, laziness is not a character flaw, but a moral issue: it leads to frustration, getting nowhere, and results in a life wasted (cf. Prov. 24:34; 6:6-11).

The sluggard in Proverbs 13:4 is being contrasted to the one who is discipline. The sluggard has wants, but they are never met. Whereas, the discipline person has their needs abundantly supplied, especially his appetite for God. Now I know the word fat in our world today typically does not carry the best connotations. In Proverbs 13:4, however, fat could not carry better connotations. It is speaking not to someone’s physical image, rather to their soul being made full and complete from finding their delight in God.

In 1 Peter 2:2, we have the metaphor of newborn babes/babies used to described how Christians are to approach the word of God: craving for it, yearning to read it, viewing it as something which a Christian cannot live without.

The word for “hunger for” is ἐπιποθήσατε (epi-poth-esa-te) which can also be translated as crave, yearn for, desire, and intensely long for. One way we could also literally read this verse is: “Always be hungry for the pure milk of the word…”

But why should we hunger for God’s word? “So that, by it, we may grow in respect to salvation.” As we cannot grow and survive daily without food for our physical body, so too can we not grow daily without feeding our inner body, our soul. We feed our soul by feasting off of God’s word by reading it, studying it, memorizing it, and other ways of receiving it (e.g. listening to music with biblical lyrics).

Proverbs 13:4 calls us to have discipline. 1 Peter 2:2 calls us to crave God’s word so that we will become mature children of God.

If we are to hunger after God’s word as a baby does for his mother’s milk (1 Pet. 2:2), and if being discipline in doing such will make my soul full, complete, and fat (Prov. 13:4), then it follows that, spiritually speaking – I wanna be a fat baby.


APPLICATION

1 – What a person is passionate about is also where they have the most discipline.

2 – As Christians, we are to be most passionate about God himself. Therefore, we should have discipline when it comes to the things of him: serving him, growing in him, learning about him, and so forth.

3 – Discipline is hard at first, but becomes habit after a while. David called Solomon to be willing in 1 Chron. 28. If we are willing to become discipline, God will grant it to us.

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