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You Still Need Milk, Even in Your Old Age

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I recently read an article about milk and milk products being an important source of protein, minerals and vitamins in the diet of elderly people, and are significant for healthy aging. In addition, the article, published in a US scientific journal, suggests dietary recommendations that a greater importance of adequate intake of energy, protein and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) from milk is invaluable.

Another article titled “How Much Milk Should You Drink at the Age of 50 and Also Over 50?” published by www.livestrong.com says, and I quote: ‘Drinking your milk is not just a good idea for kids. Every year, weakened bones account for approximately 1.5 million bone fractures – 300,000 of them hip fractures, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Getting enough calcium to keep your bones healthy and strong is especially important as you age. Drinking milk is one way for people 50 years old or older to get enough calcium to support their bone health’.

In spiritual terms, the Word of God is equated to milk. Although largely milk is associated with babies, even in the Bible, and assuming what is scientifically proven in the physical, is also true in the spiritual, then it’s most likely that all Christians, whether mature or an infant, require spiritual milk. But what does the Bible say about milk? Who should take milk?

IMG-20160428-WA0025I sat with Pastor Joseph Rono of Hosanna Restoration Church, Kericho Kenya; who delved into this issue further.

Excerpts:

Eric: Who should take the milk of the Word?

Pastor Rono: According to Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; the milk of the Word is meant for the carnal and the spiritual infants who are not able to receive solid food. In Hebrews 5:12, the writer says spiritual milk is the elementary teachings of the Word of God.

Eric: For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe. Does it mean this person is not saved?

Pastor Rono: The Bible says ‘only of milk’. It does not say if you partake of milk you are a babe, but rather if you partake only of milk. In other words if you don’t partake of solid food, but only milk, then you are a babe. If you partake of both solid food and milk, then you are of age. Only babies partake of milk alone because they are not old enough to receive solid food. This is true both spiritually and physically. However, it doesn’t mean that a person who is able to receive only milk is not saved. It may probably be that such a person is carnal, and if committed to growth in the spirit.

Eric: Why do the ‘elderly’ forsake milk in their old age?

Pastor Rono: However higher you want to build your house, you can’t overlook the foundation. However old you may have grown, youIMG-20160428-WA0027 can never neglect milk. The basics of life, and indeed the elementary teachings of salvation and righteousness matter immensely throughout your Christian life. Our Christian growth is progressive until Jesus returns and as long as we live. There is no old age in salvation. In Exodus 3:8, God promises the children of Israel, a land that flows with milk and honey. Yet, the people that were receiving the promise were not merely babies and people of old age. Therefore, milk is surely desirable whether someone is a baby or a grown up.

Eric: Why is milk essential in old age?

Pastor Rono: Natural milk is equally good during old age. The mineral calcium is needed for the healthy growth of the bones. Bones don’t stop growing when we do. They continue being torn down and rebuilt. When we don’t take enough calcium, the bones become porous. Likewise, the Word of God being spiritual milk, we need it too in old age just like during infantry, for healing and restoration.

Pastor Rono, finally warns that Christians who confess maturity, should term or imagine any portion of Scripture as being meant for spiritual babies. The same milk that you desired as a baby for growth is the same you desire in old age, for strength and restoration.

“The danger of someone who despises any portion of the Scripture as being meant for babies is falling into pride and carnality,” he warns.

Eric Kimori is the founding pastor of Calvary New Covenant Ministries and the founder and Executive Director of Complitkenya, all based in Kenya. Complitkenya is a social enterprise whose mission is to expand access to information and promote education for sustainable development in Kenya. Pastor Kimori is a Mass Communication professional with expertise in Broadcast Journalism. With Complitkenya, he envisions to build community digital libraries and open learning centres in rural Kenya to provide equitable access to knowledge and information to rural communities. His church ministry endeavors include church planting missions, training and equipping of ministry leaders, supporting orphans and vulnerable children, and social-economic support of people living with HIV. Mr. Kimori was in July 2015 competitively and successfully selected to join the inaugural cohort of the YALI East Africa Regional Leadership centre at Kenyatta University in Nairobi; a twelve weeks leadership training and mentorship programme, which he completed successfully. He describes himself as ‘the dreaming poet’. He is a budding writer, who has published poems in two different African Anthologies. He is a committed Christian, a church leader, a husband and father of four children, who include twins. He can be reached through his email address: kimori.eric@gmail.com or kimori.eric@yahoo.com