Let me be the first to say that I have plenty to learn about walking with Jesus. I realize that while I have collected a great bit of knowledge regarding my Lord, Jesus Christ, there is still much more that I need to discover first hand to completely grasp all that the scriptures teach. So while I have been called to teach and given a means to do so by the Lord, I know that I’ve only come so far in what I pray will be a long walk with the Him. What is sometimes upsetting to see is when I meet some who have walked a long time knowing who Jesus is, but they still have not grown to understand all the truth he has to offer our lives.
In the time of the apostles this was an issue that Paul and Peter both addressed, suggesting that some believers should have grown to where God could use them in His ministries. They taught that some Christians should be past the spiritual milk and moving into the more complex thoughts of our God. The writer of Hebrews, currently unknown and debated by scholars, also mentioned these such Christians in Hebrews chapter five.
“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! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” Hebrews 5:12-13
While it is not hard to accept that our churches have many spiritual infants among them, we often spend more time pointing fingers than accepting our own spiritual immaturity. Many times, even those who are teachers inside the church will make little to no effort offering anything more than spiritual cliches to those learning. This is why the writer of Hebrews had to challenge their readers by going as far as to say those who are stuck on spiritual milk are not truly acquainted with the teachings of righteousness.
I believe that this struggle is seen most clearly in two ways. Firstly, many churches do not offer enough means of discipleship for believers. There are many fellowships where the only means of spiritual growth is a Sunday school program. God’s word is powerful and therefore able to mold us through that short commitment of time, but clearly the condition of the church suggests more effort is needed. Secondly, when opportunities for spiritual growth come around, the occasions are often poorly attended, and those who attend only offer part of their mind and heart to the development of their knowledge of God.
One of the purposes of my devotionals is to offer thoughts of instruction regarding different area’s of a Christians life with Christ. I hope to see this site develop a reader base that not only finds guidance from what God allows me to type, but also that the readers of my thoughts will open discussions by leaving comments that offer us all more insights about what God has taught them in their walk with Christ as well. This post is titled in a way to challenge the reader to consider where they are in their understanding of the Lord. Since we all have something left to learn about God and His ways, never hesitate to seek more knowledge about the Lord in any way you can.
Written by Timothy Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!