Stall and You Fall

1 Peter 2:2 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation.

Several years ago I was working on my pilots license. My dad was a pilot and I always wanted to fly. There is a lot to learn. You have to lean the language of aviation, navigation and weather. But the thing I liked most was leaning about aeronautics. The science and practical application of how an airplane stays air born. One of the first things you learn is how to get out of a stall. When you stall, you fall.

What’s true of aviation is also true of the Christian life: stall, and you will fall. The Christian life is one of constant growth, constant learning, and constant transformation. The problem is that some are willing to take Jesus as their Savior, but they are not necessarily willing to take Him as their Lord. They’re willing to take on Christ as their friend but not necessarily as their God. As a result, they stall in a baby-like state.

Now, babies are cute when they’re little. But it is sad to see someone behaving like a baby when they’re in their twenties. Spiritually, we all start out as babies. We start out with a hunger for God’s Word. There’s no shame in that because that very hunger for spiritual truth is an indicator of spiritual health. A healthy person is a hungry person.

If you’re hungry for God’s Word, if you want to hear God’s Word, that’s good. It’s something you should desire. The objective is to go from getting your food in bite-sized pieces to learning how to read the Word of God, process its truth, and learn how to think and live biblically.

Christian discipleship is all about growing up. It’s about going to the next level. It’s about living the Christian life to its fullest, as it was meant to be lived.


David Ball