I have to admit to you that I love ice cold milk and still drink three 8-ounce glasses a day. According to my Mom, my first attempt at a sentence as an infant was, “want bobble (bottle).” My parents should have known from that point on, their monthly grocery bill was going to be substantially higher! 😊 I really enjoy milk but understand that to grow and develop physically as a man my diet has to change to solid food made up mostly of lean meat, vegetables and whole grains.
The same is true in the spiritual realm. If we do not move from a diet of spiritual milk to “solid food”, we will not mature and grow as Christ-followers. Hebrew 5:11-14 addresses this, “11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 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! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
Frustrating to the Hebrew author were believers who were of the flesh and the world without a desire to grow spiritually. They wanted to be bottle fed milk and comforted, listening to preaching that made them feel good about themselves. To seek understanding and maturity would change their lifestyle, the way they think and their priorities. Eating “solid food” and growing meant they would have to become obedient to “teaching about righteousness.” God wants Christ-followers who live out Jesus with “right-living.” They were satisfied with their lives without a desire to change. “Hey, I am not that bad of guy.” Furthermore, maturity would mean allowing the Holy Spirit to help them “distinguish good from evil.” Again, this discernment would separate them from the world. Ouch! In their minds, that was too much for them.
Trying not to be judgmental but recognizing that I must ask the question. Do you remain an infant spiritually wanting to be bottle fed by your preacher or teacher? Year after year, are you playing church nodding your head when you agree and maybe even saying an “amen” here and there; yet, at the end of the day, you have not changed or matured spiritually? Paul the Apostle in Galatians 6:7&8 makes a forceful statement, “7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” I encourage you to put the bottle away and start eating solid food. It’s eternally worth it.