Grow up

July 28, 2018

Hebrews 5:13-14… 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.

            In verse 12, “milk” is described as the basic principles of the oracles of God.  We are not intended to stand at the entrance to the kingdom of God and do a happy dance. We are intended to go on in our walk with Jesus to wherever He plans. It is tempting to stay in that place of salvation and say, “Ah, this feels good; I like it here.”  And there is a further temptation to think that because you have received a bit of revelation, you have received more. The use of the word “food” in the above verses tells us that salvation is a process which continues on. You are never done feasting on the word of God. And the one who is unskilled, living on milk, is described as a child.  “Child” is another process word,  as is “mature”. Both of those words describe change and growth. Our walk with God ought to be characterized by ever growing maturity. This teaching also gives us direction for leading the lost to Christ. They need to first be led with milk, the basic principles of the oracles of God. Too often, we argue the finer points of moralism, which only come with a level of maturity. It is God’s love that draws us to Him… not His position on sexual orientation. If you put a steak in front of a baby kitten, the kitten will not eat it.  She might lick it to make you happy but that is not like eating. What she needs to begin life is milk.

            Most churches agree on the basic oracles of God… He is love; He is patient; He offers forgiveness. He comforts those who mourn. Churches tend to differ on the finer points of Law. One will say, “You can’t do that.” Another will say, “You can do that but not this.” The world looks on, thinking, “The church can’t make its mind up.” The extension of that is, “God can’t make his mind up.”

We know that is not true but it requires discernment to understand Him. And discernment only becomes mature through constant practice. (verse 14)

            Make a habit of discerning good from evil in things that you know for sure. Let that practice lead you in things that are less obvious.