Daily Devotion, 08/24/2018, “Got Steak?”
Hebrews 5:12-14 NIV 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! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
The event of personal salvation opens the door for a life journey of learning and living the Word of God in ever increasing measure. As infantile, newly “born again” again Christ-followers, we need others to feed us a diet of milk and baby food in a spiritual sense. In those immature days, we learn the basics of how to pray, how to read and apply the scriptures, how to live and walk in the Spirit, how to discover and use our spiritual gifts, how the Body of Christ works and our place in it…that kind of thing. We also learn to define sin based on the Word and then how to live above sin and not give in to it. We are dependent on others to teach us, disciple us and mentor us with the “milk” we need to survive and then thrive in our faith. Those formative early years are critical just as they are with early childhood development in the natural world. We should grow fairly quickly beyond the baby milk stage though. We should mature into eating solid food and then meat and then to feeding others. By “constant use,” we are to train ourselves “to distinguish good from evil” as we grow to understand and then apply “the teaching about righteousness” to the point that we can and teach others.
That’s one reason why we have an intentional, step by step “Growth Track” at CrossRoads. It’s also why we plan out our message series months in advance with some designed for new believers and others more for those who’ve been in the faith for some time. It’s why we work hard to create opportunities for teachers to teach, leaders to lead and for all to go from milk to meat.
I encourage you to be intentional about growing in your knowledge and application of the Word. I still like to drink a cold glass of milk every now and then but I love that I can savor a great steak and even grill some up for others these days!
You are loved!