Just recently, I read a motivational poster that said the following true statements. It said, “seeing a doctor does not make you healthy, owning a gym membership will not make you be in shape, and owning a book will not make you smart.” What the statement was highlighting is the simple fact that we are responsible for our health and intelligence. At one point or another, we must stop pointing the finger at things and people and hold ourselves accountable for our thoughts and actions. If you are not healthy, it is because you are not doing what you need to do to be it. Are you eating healthy? Are you ensuring that your body is intaking the proper nutrients to be able to fight against diseases? Are you exercising in the gym instead of driving by it? Also, are you reading those books that you buy to increase your knowledge of a subject? All of these things come down to a choice and so does your spiritual growth.
It is written,” For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness since he is a spiritual infant. 14 But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil,” (Hebrews 5:12-14, NASB).
As you can read, our choice effects if we inform ourselves and apply a change in our lives. Now, think back of how long you have personally been a Christian. Are you living with the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) or not? Are you walking out your faith and living a life of example for others to emulate or not? When people watch and listen to you, are they watching and listening to Jesus Christ or not? You see, owning a Bible will not make you holy, nor will it make you live a righteous life. It all comes down to what we have our priorities in and whether or not we will make our personal spiritual growth one of them! This is what the author of this Scripture was highlighting to his audience and I am hoping that it resonates in your soul today.
At some point in our life, we need to take control of making a priority to be a more devoted follower of Jesus Christ. You can no longer stay as a baby and drink the milk of the foundational truths and tenants of our faith when you should already be living out that truth. It is like a forty-year-old man only drinking milk. His body will not have the nutrients he needs to sustain himself and he will slowly grow weaker and weaker, and eventually, he will collapse and die. Spiritually we are the same. We need more than just milk. However, when you choose to simply live off grace when you should be teaching about it, you are not only hindering yourself but Jesus’ Great Commission itself. How could we go out and make disciples of all nations tomorrow if we do not dedicate our time to be one today? You see, it takes a disciple to make a disciple. Any other understanding of this is hypocrisy!
Now I ask you again, how long have you known Christ? Are you happy with the level of spiritual maturity that you are currently in? If not, why are you stopping yourself from growing? The author of this Scripture was not trying to belittle his audience, he was simply trying to highlight that at a certain point and time we should be living out the foundations of our faith instead of learning about them over and over again. There is so much more to learn and apply to our lives than just going over repentance and understanding that the motives behind our good actions matter. These are things for babies in Christ and many of us today should not be babies anymore. We need to be able to start walking with the power and authority that Jesus gave us! Why is there a shortage of laying of hands for healing or people working towards our sanctification (being more like Christ and less of ourselves)?
The simple answer to this is that we are the reason why we are not growing. So, if you find yourself in a state of infancy and you know you should not be there, find yourself a mentor. Study the Bible with commentaries and then dedicate your life to the service of the Lord. Change your priorities to be a better you today than you were yesterday. As time goes by, you will slowly be developing your spiritual maturity and then you will be able to teach others how you did it. This is what it means by no longer drinking milk but eating meat. Strengthen your spirit instead of talking about it. Equip yourself to share the truth of the Gospel by how you live and carry yourself. Then, be prepared to share it with who the Lord places in your path. Ultimately, why drink milk when you could be doing so much more?