The Marks of Maturity

 

Hebrews 5:11 There is much we have to say about this matter, but it is hard to explain to you, because you are so slow to understand.
12 There has been enough time for you to be teachers—yet you still need someone to teach you the first lessons of God’s message. Instead of eating solid food, you still have to drink milk.
13 Anyone who has to drink milk is still a child, without any experience in the matter of right and wrong.
14 Solid food, on the other hand, is for adults, who through practice are able to distinguish between good and evil.

This analogy that Paul uses here, explains to us how we are to grow in our faith.  Babies in the natural world need milk for nourishment and is essential to the infant’s growth.  The milk that is spoken of here is a spiritual comparison to the natural baby.  Just as the natural baby starts out with milk, so does the spiritual baby.  We all began as spiritual babies.  Spiritual milk is the basics of Christianity, the work of the cross, the hope of the resurrection.  But, we are to continue in our quest for knowledge and understanding of the redemptive work of Christ.  A human baby is fed by his or her parents and their growth is a natural occurrence.  However, for the spiritual baby, the growth is up to them ..  To wean themselves from the milk to the solid foods of the truths of God.  As the child of God begins to introduce themselves to solid food, they begin to have a deeper understanding and knowledge of the things of God.  As they mature in their eating habits, the lines between right and wrong become clearer.  The lines between what is good and what is evil become clearer.  There are Christians that have been saved for years and remain as spiritual babies.  Their thinking is that if God wants them to know, He will show them.  If God has a problem with them, He will fix them.  If God is unhappy with them, He will let them know.  This is unscriptural.  Scripture clearly tells us that our development in the things of God is up to us.  We choose to go deeper.  We choose to understand.  We choose to learn and be taught.  Paul never said our spiritual maturity was ‘Up to God’.

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7 Responses to The Marks of Maturity

  1. MOST EXCELLENT POST!! I ECHO WHAT MTSWEAT SAYS ABOVE; I ALSO ECHO WHAT THE APOSTLE PETER SAYS AS WELL,”MAKE EVERY EFFORT…!! WHY DO PEOPLE GIVE UP SO EASILY I DON’T UNDERSTAND. BRETHREN, WE ARE CALLED TO SUFFER!! SET YOUR MIND ABOVE…. SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD…. I MEAN WE COULD GO ON AND ON QUOTING SCRIPTURE ALL DAY LONG!! JESUS TEACHES AND PRACTICED WHAT HE PREACHED; “PUT INTO PRACTICE WHAT YOU SEE AND HEAR” IN MY YEARS IN KINGDOM WORK I’VE WITNESSED FRUITLESSNESS TIME AND TIME AGAIN!! QUESTION: WHAT’S YOUR DIET? MILK OR MEAT, THAT IS THE QUESTION!! GOD BLESS MY FRIEND!!

    • debradoo says:

      Thank you Michael! Keeping the embers burning is something we have to do ourselves. God will give us samplings of how sweet it is to keep the fire alive. But, in the end, it is up to us to get in the Word. To seek Him. To know Him. To love Him. His character is sooo irresistible, once we have tasted. I don’t just want meat .. I CRAVE meat. God bless.

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  3. ptl2010 says:

    Wonder why many do not know the abundant life Christ promised? It is because many reman babies. We need to grow in maturity to have the abundant life Christ promises. We must walk with Him in paths of righteousness to know Him dearly.
    Thank you Debra for sharing. God bless.

    • debradoo says:

      Thanks so much PTL. Maturity is up to us as individuals. Maturity takes our time and efforts. Time in the Word. Time in prayer, praise and worship. Time to seek Him out. But, there is no greater reward than to know Him!

  4. mtsweat says:

    Very good post. Those very difficult words from Hebrews six may have been avoided if we weren’t prone to becoming stagnant in our walk with Christ. Growth to maturity is a biblical evidence of the new birth. As Peter would conclude (1 Peter 2:1-3)), those who have tasted of His kindness, want to know Him more, and more, and more, and… Thanks friend and God bless.

    • debradoo says:

      Amen mtsweat. I know that I fight my own battles to get past the stagnancy in my own Christian walk. I fight to have desire for the things of God. It doesn’t come naturally nor easily for me. But, the fight is always rewarding!

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