Everyone Needs to Grow in Faith

“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.”

Hebrews 5:12

Ponder This

The author of Hebrews said in effect, “I’d like to give you a steak today, but I can’t. If I gave it to you, you couldn’t chew it. If you could chew it, you couldn’t swallow it. If you could swallow it, you couldn’t digest it. You’re a little baby. So today I’m going to give you some formula. I’m going to give you some milk, but I can’t give you meat because you’re not able to digest it.” There are those who ought to be teachers, but you need somebody to teach you again the first principles. There are those who have been members of the church for their whole lives, and they’ve never taught anybody anything. They just say, “Feed me.” They want to come to church on Sunday, let the pastor give them a Bible, and burp them on the way out. God calls us to grow up into Christ so that we may pass on what we’ve received.

  • What does it look like for God’s people to still be on spiritual milk when they should be ready for more?
  • Is God speaking to you about this in your own life? How do you need to respond?

Practice This

Make a list of mature traits of a follower of Christ. Make a corresponding list of the traits of an immature follower of Christ. Assess which of these most resembles your life.

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