“You need milk, not solid food!” (Heb. 5:12b)
Why are so many still stuck sipping spiritual milk? Solomon, in Proverbs 17:16, poses a question that helps us understand our sluggishness, “Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it? We lack the cultivation of heart that is necessary to embrace strong spiritual food, which, by the way, brings about greater fruit in our lives.
Paul, speaking to the Corinthian church, addressed this dilemma. “Brothers I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. You are still worldly. For since there is jealously and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere (natural) men?” (I Cor. 3:1-4). While they remained worldly, there was no heart for more. There needed to be growth before they could receive the meat of God’s word. We need to grow before we can handle strong meat.
The writer of Hebrews also encountered this problem among his audience. “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.” (Heb. 5:11). He complains that while they should be teachers, they really need to return to the simple stuff, the milk. This writer teaches that the turning point comes when we embrace the teaching of righteousness (v. 13). “But solid food”, he says, “is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
The mature, spiritual heart that has set aside worldliness and evil, and has embraced love and righteousness—the love of good, is prepared to go on with God by feeding on the weightier things of His word. Let’s offer ourselves to God and allow Him to bring us to maturity so that we might know the deeper truths of God.
a) Giving faithfully (Malachi 3:6-8; II Cor. 8:1-15; 9:6-11; Phil. 4:10-19)
b) Serving others willingly and in love (Gal. 5:13; Rom. 12:11)
c) As a peacemaker, actively seeking the unity of the Spirit (Matt. 5:9; Eph. 4:3)
d) Do you respect and love your Christian leaders and support them? (I Tim. 5:17-18; I Pet. 1-5
Evening Reading, Day 7:
49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. 50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. 51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. 52 I remember, LORD, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them. 53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law. 54 Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. 55 In the night, LORD, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. 56 This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.