You need milk, not solid food…



Hebrews 5:11 About this (Jesus as high priest) we have much to say that is hard to explain, since you have become dull in understanding. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food; 13 for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil. 

The writer here takes the readers to task. He has some important things to teach but doesn’t believe the readers can handle it. Apparently they had not been growing in understand and practice of the faith at a pace he finds acceptable. “You need milk, not solid food”. In other words, he’s calling them spiritual babies.

As you might expect of a pastor, I’ve invested many years growing in my understanding and practice of the faith. Yet there are times when I feel like a baby Christian. I can be slow to forgive when I feel wronged. Since I’m not a particularly disciplined person by nature, I can let spiritual disciplines slip. An area that comes to mind is the Sabbath.

I’ve been intentionally leaning into taking a day of Sabbath every week. And though it sounds simple, it’s really hard. The day ends up more like a day off than a day dedicated to the Lord. In this area it seems like I’m drinking milk rather than eating solid food.

Lord Jesus, my spiritual growth seems stunted sometimes. I’m not where I feel I should be. Give me grace to overcome the obstacles that get in my way, mostly of my own making. Amen.

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