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Why Christians Remain Babies
Why do most Christians remain spiritual babies? The author of Hebrews tells us it is because they choose not to go on to maturity in Christ Jesus.
The capacity for entering into deeper spiritual truths depends on the faithfulness with which the soul has been obedient in discerning good and evil in our daily lives.
Our fellowship with God depends upon our obedience to His Word, and our obedience determines how much spiritual maturity takes place in our lives. If we do not act upon what we know to be true in God’s Word, we will not grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ. Neither will we move from “milk” to “meat” in God’s word.
It is very simple; if we love Him, we will obey Him. There is no getting around that spiritual truth.
The writer of Hebrews carefully tells his readers, "Concerning Him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing" (Hebrews 5:11). Charles Williams words it this way, “You have become lazy. You have become so dull in you spiritual senses. You are so slow to grasp spiritual truth.”
Why had the early baby believers become so dull in their spiritual hearing, and sluggish, even slothful in gaining spiritual insight? They had never progressed from the need of spiritual milk. Solid food is for full-grown individuals “whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law” (Amplified Bible, Heb. 5:14).
Maturity produces more maturity. Immaturity reinforces and leads to more immaturity. You do not jump from immaturity to a fully mature person. Christians become mature spiritually “on account of long usage have their powers of perception exercised to the point where they are able to discriminate between both that which is good in character and that which is evil” (v.14, Wuest Expanded Translation).
The emphasis is on spiritual progress. Laziness prevents spiritual development. When you drift from God’s word, you will begin doubting it, and you will become “dull listeners.” If you have the attitude that everything spiritual is dull, you will begin a dangerous slide into spiritual immaturity. The Bible is dull. The preacher is dull. The Sunday School lesson is dull, and you are dead spiritually. When there is no hunger and thirsting for the righteousness of God, you are spiritually dead or in grave condition.
The neglect of past opportunities to put into practice God’s teachings or moral truths results in spiritual dullness. We become lazy spiritually and unresponsive to the pleading of the Holy Spirit to pursue godliness.
Both milk and meat are needed for nourishment, but the former is for infants and the latter for adults.
The Christian in every generation is confronted by the cultures of the world. Pressure is constantly applied for us to conform. "Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:1-2). We are to focus our eyes upon Jesus Christ who always confronts every culture of every generation. Meat for strong Christians deals with the hard issues of moral good and evil. It distinguishes the difference between that which is good and better, and better and best.
The spiritually mature believer by the exercise of his senses discerns good and evil and builds through these experiences a standard of righteousness by which he exercises an even more mature spiritual discernment.
How is your spiritual appetite? What are you hungry for spiritually?
Maturity comes with habitual spiritual practice. Our spiritual perception and discernment comes through constant practice.
When we put into daily practice the spiritual light, we have already received which prepares us for more spiritual truth. We move from spiritual milk to meat as we obey our Lord and Master.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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