What is a Milk Run?

If you’re reading this page, you’ve likely seen at least one of the “Milk Runs” posted on the blog, and more than likely you’ve wondered at the name.  Each post contains a description of the purpose of the series, in that they are regular posts designed to provide short, clear teachings from the Bible and an application for Christians.  But why are they called milk runs?

The answer can be seen in  1 Peter.

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. … Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 1:23; 2:2-3

Throughout the New Testament, we see an image of Christians that receive new life, being born again in the Spirit through faith in Christ, and must then grow into maturity in that faith.  In this passage, Peter tells his readers that they should crave spiritual milk in order to grow up as Christians.  Babies crave milk – and they have neither the ability nor the knowledge to get it for themselves.  Likewise, new Christians need pure spiritual milk, but often lack the ability or knowledge of how to get it.  They need it prepared and brought to them.

What then, is this spiritual milk?  It is the word of God, the Bible.  It is trustworthy teaching that springs from the knowledge of God revealed in the Bible.  It is the word “that was preached to you.” (1 Pet. 1:25).

Today, we are inundated with 12-step processes, how-to guides, and self-help blogs.  This series is none of those.  The only purpose in this series is to teach the Bible in bite-sized chunks while helping us grow in obedience.

In my granddad’s childhood, a milkman would bring fresh milk by each day as part of his milk run.  That is my purpose here, to bring fresh, pure teaching to the best of my ability.  There’s 3 things I want to note:

#1 These teachings (nor any others) CANNOT replace the church anymore than the milkman can replace a child’s parents.  If you are a Christian, you need to be involved in the church.  No amount of wise teaching and good milk can replace the way that engaging with other people in worshiping, loving, and obeying God shapes us into His image.

#2 Milk should not be a forever food.  As you read these, please try to deepen your understanding and love for God and look for harder food.  Don’t be a spiritual man-child who never grows out of his childhood.

#3 If you are a more mature Christian, you may not find these always filling.  That is okay.  Adults will not always be satisfied with just milk.  As you read these, please, as a brother or sister in Christ, point out any errors you see present in the teachings.

That is all that should be said.  Now the rest is up to you – will you crave milk to grow up or remain still?

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