“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. 12 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. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 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 from the NLT
So what is Christian Maturity? When do we come to a point where we are no longer “like babies”? What is the solid food. I can say, in context, it is Christ. Knowing the high priest, Jesus Christ. Living for him, acting like him, being moved like Him, and living and becoming the man or women that God intended us to be. This comes from making the choices with full understanding and knowledge of “right and wrong”. This is discernment. This is living right or righteousness (v. 13). This doesn’t mean the immature are ignorant about righteousness or discernment, but just have not had the wisdom to decide to put in effect into their life. Therefore they are unqualified to teach or be an example to anyone.
How are you doing with all of this? I know it is challenging, but Christ is calling us forward. To get out of the rut of just church attending and thinking you know everything about God. He wants us to know Him. To know and live His righteousness. To have the discernment to spot right and wrong, without compromising for any reason, and to make choices that show our lives to reflect the righteousness of Christ. So let’s move forward, make the choices, stop idling and put maturity in full gear and pound the throttle and tear out in Christ. No looking back. No more excuses. No whining about your church. No blaming your disobedience on your schedule, or spouse, or kids, or past pain. Choose righteousness. It’s time to be a teacher, example, and leader, not a baby student anymore, learning the ABC’s of Christianity. Maturity in Jesus is your destiny. Maturity in Jesus is God’s will for you! You have the power of the Spirit! You have the love of the Father. The only thing holding you back now is……..
(NOTE: For more on this read on in Hebrews from chapter 5.)