In Hebrews 5: 11-14, the writer explains that Christians have become dull of hearing to the word of God. As adults we should be teachers, yet we still need again for someone to teach us the elementary principles of the oracles God. We have come to need milk and not solid food. Everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, because they are infants. But solid food is for the mature, and the mature (because of practice) have their senses trained to discern good and evil. The writer of Hebrews is telling us the body of Christ is to grow so we can train ourselves to be able to discern good and evil.
This allows us the ability to go out and teach others about Christ—to engage communities, neighborhoods, and their homes with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There was a time when parents measured their children’s growth by a mark on the doorframe. How great and exciting it was to see how you had grown. Something in us just wants to grow, and we get excited when we see and feel it happening. So the Hebrew writer tells it like it is, and tells us what is happening.
Where is your excitement about growing? You have become dull, meaning you are still the same height, no growth at all. Growth is such a part of who we are as humans. It is also a part of who we are as Christians. Did you know the Bible even measures our Spiritual growth? Read 1 JOHN 2: 12-14.
Spiritual children are those whose sins have been forgiven by receiving the free gift that God has given us through Jesus Christ. Spiritual young men and women are strong because they are regularly reading God’s word, and they are involved in the causes of Christ. Spiritual fathers are those who have a relationship with the Lord deep enough to know God’s character personally (His eternal character). That’s how God measure spiritual growth.
Get into God’s word so you can teach others the incredible gift that Jesus Christ has given us.
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