Dec 7th, 2008(Originally Written for Student Blog for Brewton-Parker College)
Recently my housemate got a 6 week old puppy. He had previously had this pup’s momma while she was pregnant, but due to his work schedule he had to send her to a friend’s home to be taken care of properly. When he brought back the puppy and his momma, who was now going to be going to another home, he thought the puppy had been weaned. However, if you left the pup alone with momma for too long, this little girl would be right back to suckling on momma for some milk.
Now, the concept of being a well fed Christian is a topic that many address in many different ways. There is a passage, however, that most teachers will use when addressing the growth and feeding of a Christian, and that passage is Hebrews 5:12-14
“12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrew 5:12-14 ESV
The writer of the book of Hebrews is pointing out that the audience he is speaking to is lacking in their maturity. They should have been weaned by now from the milk of their faith and have progressed onward into swallowing the deeper things in Christianity. What may be surprising to know is how much has changed in the last 2000 years or so?
Take a look at your walk with God. Would you be able to really explain your faith to someone who asked, or would you only know that Jesus claimed to be the only way? Sure, the milk in Christianity is a start, but what has happened to progressing onward toward solid food?
Are you a weaned Christian ready to progress steadily in your faith, or are you still suckling on the basics and calling that good enough? If a puppy is not eventually weaned, then the puppy will starve when its mother is no longer able to produce milk. Likewise, if your faith is not well fed, what will happen to it when the milk no longer sustains your faith? Sure, the source of the milk will not run dry, but will you really be able to live on just milk?
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!