About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.Hebrews 5: 11-14
Over the weekend, Patrina spent some time digging up a “forest” of hosta plants. Thankfully, their roots are shallow and moving the plants was relatively easy.
Our lives are rooted or built on some idea or belief system, but are our lives rooted deeply in Christ? In the passage above, the writer of Hebrews challenges his readers on their level of maturity regarding the state of their spiritual lives.
Sadly, maturity is not necessarily measured in years. Sure, we come to Christ with childlike faith, but He never intended us to remain as infants, right? An infant is dependent, unskilled and unprotected if left alone. Now, imagine an adult man or woman who behaves like an infant even though he or she is fully capable. Not a pretty picture, yet that is what the writer is describing in a spiritual sense.
These are people who should be teaching others about the truths of the Christian faith, but they are still Biblically illiterate. Their lives are not transformed. They simply exist on a diet appropriate for new followers when they should be thriving and encouraging others.
What’s the content of our spiritual diet? Milk alone? A motivational talk on Sunday? Solid food? Are we growing deeper in our faith? Are we living tall?
Let’s think about it together.