If we don’t continue to grow in God’s truth, we just might be planning to slide back to infancy, where we will not have the mind for discernment. I’m sharing the third in a series from Time in the Word this morning.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.” (Hebrews 5:12-13) These people, through the hardness of their hearts and the dullness of their hearing have forgotten the most basic things about God and His Word. They have come to need milk. It is not that they have failed to grow into eating solid food. No. They have fallen back into needing milk. They have lost ground! They have returned to an infantile state.
Now, we are to be childlike in our faith, but we are never to be childish. And here we see that one of the results of failing to discern is that we lose ground, we backslide. We miss the differences between right and wrong and slide back to the point that we actually need to have the simplest doctrines reiterated to us so that we might walk in the truth.
As we grow out of our spiritual infancy and into “adulthood” we not only move beyond needing milk to needing solid food, but we also learn how to handle the Word of God. We learn to read, interpret, apply, and obey the Word. The goal for us all is that we be workers who need not be ashamed because we are able to “correctly handle the Word of Truth” (2 Tim 2:15). But if we slide back into infancy and immaturity then we will fail in our attempts to handle the Word of God. We will be unskilled.
How can we be unskilled in the Word and lead our families? How can we be unskilled in the Word and worship as we ought? How can we be unskilled and be pleasing to God? We can’t. If we fail to discern, harden our hearts, and backslide then we will fail in the Christian life and our duty to God and one another.
We are God’s children in that He has adopted us and made up part of His family. But we are not to find ourselves in a constant and unending state of infancy. Babies are cute. Grown men wearing diapers and drinking from a babies bottle are not cute – its unnatural. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.” (Hebrews 5:12-13) As we apply this text, we must remember that there is nothing cute, admirable, or worthwhile to be found in a group of people who dull their hearing, fail to discern, and therefore cannot help but backslide and act like big babies.
We are to desire the meat of the Word. And just as every child wants to grow up we too must strive to grow in grace and mature in our walk with the Lord. Milk is good and necessary for nourishing babes. But we should be past that already.
Are you growing in your walk with the Lord? If not, what is holding you back? Are you only drinking milk? You know the phrase – Got milk? Well, if all you’ve got is milk then perhaps it is time you learned to ask, “Where’s the beef?”