WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
“you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.”
Hebrews 5:12-13 ESV
JESUS WANTS TO GROW MY LEARNING
Steven Cole gives a good illustration of the problem facing our ancient writer, “Just about every home that has small children has a growth chart somewhere in the house. We sometimes used the inside of a closet door jamb to mark the height of our kids and the date. Then, perhaps each year on their birthdays, we would measure them again. They were always excited to see how much they had grown! But can you imagine how shocked and concerned we would have been if, instead of growing up, one of our children had grown down! We would have scheduled an immediate doctor’s appointment to find out what was wrong. Growth is normal and a cause for joy. Shrinkage would have been bizarre and a cause for alarm.”
The author of Hebrews was concerned that his audience wasn’t growing spiritually. In fact, they were going backwards. In Hebrews 5, the “milk” was considered food for spiritual babies. The “milk” is the most basic tenets of our Christian faith. By now they should have moved on to “solid food” and an even greater understanding of what Christ-like maturity looks like in everyday life. But they had regressed to needing to learn their spiritual ABC’s again. They were spiritual adults acting like spiritual children.
The essence of a disciple is that he or she is a learner. The teacher teaches and the disciple hears and processes what is heard so that this truth affects his or her innermost being. The end goal of Christian learning is that it translates into Christian living. Could it be said of you that you are a Christian adult acting and thinking like a Christian child? 2 Timothy 2:15 reads, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” For a little extra reading, dig into 2 Timothy 2 and try to identify some characteristics of spiritual learners who become leaders.