Time to Grow Up
Daily Bible Reading – Hosea 13,14; Psalms 100, 102; Hebrews 5
Today’s Key Passage – Hebrews 5:1-14
In my late twenties, I was living the life of a typical bachelor. At that point, I was not saved so everything I did was about me. I only cared about my own wants and needs, and I had no plans to ever change. I had a good job and made good money, which I spent almost entirely on myself as I tried to find fulfillment in everything other than God. Then in January of 2007, my life was forever changed when God introduced me to my wife and daughter. In a relatively short period of time, I went from being a single man with very few responsibilities to being a husband and a father. Over the course of the next few years, God would change the direction of my life from a person living an evil life for himself to a man saved by the grace of God and living for Him. Somewhere along the way, I realized it was time to grow up.
Most of us have probably had a moment in life when we realize it is time to grow up. Sometimes these moments occur along with a life-altering event, while other times it is a bit more subtle. The author of Hebrews was hoping that his readers would have one of these moments. In today’s key passage, the author tells his Jewish Christian audience that it is time to grow up. The author says, “It is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Vss. 11-14) These Jewish Christians were immature, and were not even applying the basics of Christianity to their own lives, so they were unable to grow.
There is nothing wrong with being a “baby Christian”, and there is nothing wrong with drinking “spiritual milk”. In fact, it is important in the lives of every new follower of Christ to spend time learning and understanding the “ABC’s” of the faith. Eventually though, the time comes to grow up. Eventually, we must mature from milk to solid food. Eventually, disciples must begin making new disciples. The key to this maturity is discernment. As we grow in Christ, we become better at making the distinction between good and evil. As we grow in Christ, we become better at avoiding temptations. God is not looking for us to be perfect right away, but He is looking for growth. As we live our lives for Him, let us all constantly strive to get better. Let us all constantly strive to grow up.
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