Today you should read: Hebrews 5:11-6:12
Do you have children? I have two great kids that I get the privilege of being a father to. My boy Hudson is 2 1/2 years old and full of life. He asks me more questions than I could ever have answers to. Then there is Julianna, my sweet little 3 month old daughter who stole my heart from day one. One of my favorite things about being a dad is watching my children change and grow. It is especially fun now that I have two at different ages because I get to watch development happen at two different stages at the same time. My son is potty trained, feeds himself, can count to ten and can say most of his ABC’s. My daughter on the other hand is learning to hold her head up, smile, make noises and drinks only milk. It gives me hope that one day both of my children will be mature and independent. What would I do if Hudson was still at the exact same stage as Julianna? I would feel like I had failed as a dad or that Hudson had something wrong with him.
In today’s passage the author of Hebrews is scolding the believers for being dull of hearing (5:11) and needing someone to teach them again of the basic principles of the word (5:12). They couldn’t handle solid food yet but needed spiritual milk. The believers had become sluggish in their faith (v.6:12). It doesn’t mean that they hadn’t served the Lord to some degree but they were now beginning to rest and coast. They had forgotten about the treasure that they had been given through Jesus and their motivation became about their own comforts.
I wonder how many reading this today have been saved through Jesus Christ and invested in by a pastor or discipler and are still drinking milk. The goal of discipleship is not so that you would grow in knowledge but that your knowledge of Christ would produce maturity and a resolve to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).
Posted by: Chad Wiles