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Milk or Meat?

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV)

Can you imagine being the age you are now and only knowing as much as you did when you were 2 years old?  Can you imagine yourself having such limited knowledge and yet not having a desire to know more?  It almost sounds absurd, and yet this is basically what the writer of Hebrews is saying to his Christian audience.  He told them, “You ought to be teachers of God’s Word by now, and yet you actually need someone to teach you the basics of Christianity again.  You should be eating meat by now, and yet you are still on bottled milk.”

As unfortunate as it is there are many new born-again believers who have heard the gospel message of Jesus Christ, and they have made their profession of faith in Him, but they don’t desire to study their Bibles or learn anymore about living in God’s will (cf. Rom. 12:2), and so they become content in living in complacency (feeding on milk). 

Satan is a master at distracting all of us and it is his primary goal to keep us away from having a relationship with Jesus, and to keep us from reading our Bibles.  But unless we are steadfast in our desire to be maturely equipped with God’s truth we will find ourselves much like a 2 year old baby on milk rather than chewing on the meat of God’s Word (Heb. 5:12, 14 KJV)—we can find ourselves spiritually immature, rather than spiritually mature.

Q:         So how can we identify if we are spiritually mature or immature?

Here are a few questions to ponder.  They will give us an indicator as to where we might be.

  • Are we teaching others what we have learned in God’s Word, or are we content in just learning?
  • Are we committed to having a deep understanding of His Word, or are we just sort of struggling with the basics still?
  • Do we desire to be used in ministry opportunities, or do we desire entertainment more?
  • Do we seek unity in relationships or do we foster disunity by our words and actions?
  • Are we confidently walking in active faith, or are we stalled out in cautious apathy, doubt and fear?
  • Are we evaluating our experiences and feelings in light of God’s Word, or are we allowing our feelings and experiences to guide our actions?

We will all be babes in Christ at some point—this is absolutely normal—but we must be willing to grow and mature in our Christian walk.  If we are to become mature Christians we will need to learn discernment.  We must train our minds, our consciences, our bodies and our senses to distinguish good from evil. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Hebrews 5:12-14, what can we learn about milk and solid food?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you committed to growing in your Christian walk?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to learn the Word of God so we can identify when it is being used correctly.  

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for helping us to grow in our Christian walk.  Help us to continue to grow as we read, study, and meditate upon Your truth’s in our Bibles.  Give us great discernment today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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