Warning Against Falling Away
11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 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! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Many of us who follow Christ never really get past infancy in our faith. We get excited about joining a church, becoming a Christian or renewing our faith, but we don’t take steps to keep that faith alive and growing. We tend to think spiritual growth is automatic. We have plans for retirement, plans for our kid’s college education, and plans to further our careers. We even plan our meals and our outfits for special occasions. But we have no plan to impact our souls. This may be the most important area of growth, and we leave it to chance!
Yesterday we pondered the need to remain in Christ, in God’s great love, so that we may develop roots of love. And from that love, a soul can be nourished. It can grow, produce fruit, expand, and spread. This growth doesn’t happen automatically. We need a spiritual growth plan.
The writer of Hebrews noted, “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!” This lackadaisical approach to spiritual maturity was evident even in the first century! We all need a plan of action if we want to become better or more mature. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does need to exist! Your plan can be as simple as making an appointment with God each day. Put it on your calendar, as if it is a meeting with someone important, because it is! Then spend some time in prayer and reflection, or reading the Bible. Or plan to read through the Bible in a year. Or plan to join a small group. Or read a book on a spiritual, biblical topic. Or plan your weekends around attending worship. None of this is difficult, but it won't happen on its own. And neither will your faith grow on its own. Make a plan!
Heavenly Creator, Thank you for the pattern of new life you set in the world. Thank you that all of life is redeemable. Create in me a renewed spirit, new life, growth toward your righteousness. Keep me rooted in your love. Find in me the least desirable parts and let your light shine on them for healing and redemption. I am yours completely, Lord. May your will be done in my life each day. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
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