Better Together | Through Growing

There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”
Hebrews 5:11-14 NLT
No one likes being treated like a baby. Often, babies don’t like being treated like babies. I remember how keen my daughters were to get on to solid foods after living for the first six months on milk. But when they were in their infancy, they weren’t ready for more. I can’t imagine them still drinking from a bottle in their twenties. Would definitely look humorous.
The Apostle Paul is talking about recognizing where you are at, but he’s not advocating staying on milk. He reminds us we need to grow up. He makes it abundantly clear, laziness stunts growth and arrests development. We may enjoy milk, but Paul challenges us to look at where we need to move to “solid food.” Maybe we are mature when it comes to worship, but we are still immature when it comes to financial giving or tithing. Maybe we are mature by being a part of a small group, but we need to grow in our daily reading of Scripture. Each of us has areas we need to grow and deepen our faith. May God help us as we evaluate our spiritual growth. May we all be challenged to move from “milk” to “steak” so we can grow as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
In Christ’s Love and Service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn