HOW IS YOUR HEARING? HOW IS YOUR DIET? The writer to the book of Hebrews was writing to a very tough audience. He wanted to share many things with them about the priestly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ but they had a problem. They were “dull of hearing.” They had stopped trying to understand the more mature teachings of the Christian life. In fact the writer says they had been saved long enough to be teachers of the Word but they still needed someone to teach them the very basics of the Christian faith. He wrote it this way: “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s Word all over again. You need milk, not solid food,” (Hebrews 5:11-12 NIV).
What a sad commentary on those Christians! But the truth is I believe the writer could be talking to the vast majority of Christians living today. It seems most Christians live on the message of the basic gospel and never advance in learning the really mature things of the Christian life. God intended more of Christians than eating the baby food of the Christian life. Just as we want our baby sons and daughters to grow beyond baby food and mature so God wants baby Christians to grow and mature. And I am not talking about the chronological age of the baby Christian because some get saved early in life, some in middle-age and some as seniors. God expects all to grow into mature adulthood in the Christian life.
Righteousness grows with maturity. It is true we have positional righteousness in Christ at the moment of salvation but we have practical righteousness by learning God’s Word and following His principles. Immaturity a lot of the time produces disobedience and sinful patterns and not always because that is desired by the person but rather because of ignorance of what is expected by God. But growing in maturity produces righteousness.
As the writer says, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil,” (Hebrews 5:13-14 NIV). Learning God’s Word will enable us to be trained by God to know right from wrong in a greater way. Learning God’s Word will enable us to know God better and love Him even more. Let us not be dull of hearing and drinking milk when we should be feasting on the meat of God’s Word and knowing Jesus better. We need to know the deeper truths of God’s Word more so we can be more like Him and share Jesus with the world around us.