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Solid Food Is For The Mature

Hebrews 5:14

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgMy granddaughters will both be two soon. They are learning so much every day – both of their moms (my daughters) and the dads – are being great parents. They are teaching them so much and being very hands on with their children. Both of them have a second child on the way and both of my daughters – with Master’s degrees and careers – have put that on hold to be stay-at-home moms.

Vyrie was over to the house last night – she will turn two first. She is talking a blue streak (so is Justice). Vyrie expresses herself very well and says thank you and I love Pop – two very important phrases (Justice has said I love Pop too). I got to hold Vyrie last night while she drank her milk while we watched Bubble Puppies on TV – her favorite show. To have a little part of me sitting on my lap is amazing.

The main reason I mentioned my two granddaughters is that their diet is changing. They are eating more regular foods these days and will continue to increase what they can eat as they age.

I’m also starting to eat regular foods after my surgery – although they are still cut up or blended and chewed many times. There are certain foods I am not allowed to eat yet and I had to take most of my foods to a recent retreat for fear the menu might not be what I need.

When we are babes in the faith – we are not able to eat the meat and potatoes of faith – we need the milk or mild spiritual foods. But like my two year olds – as we mature in Christ – we will be able to eat more and different/better foods. The key though – is not age – but rather maturity.  I know a number of Christians who have been in Christ for decades that still cannot handle the meat and potatoes of faith.

Let’s look at today’s passage in partial context. Paul was trying to teach on salvation and about Jesus being our high priest and all that that entails when he began to teach about maturity or a lack of maturity and how important maturity in the Lord was for a believer. Hebrews 5:11–14 – 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.

Would we consider ourselves mature in the faith? Not that we have arrived at a full understanding of faith issues – but would we consider ourselves to be ready to take on weighty issues of faith? Are we able to teach others about Jesus – about faith? Or are we still babes in the faith – needing things taught over and over as a child needs lessons given over and over? Are we babes in the faith – still not able to share with others the basics of the faith?  Have we matured to the point where we can distinguish good from evil.  If not – we need to awaken and grow up in Jesus!

I believe that both of my granddaughters will be great big sisters because they are growing – maturing – in life.  They will be able to help their moms with the babies that will arrive – the Lord willing – in 2015.  Even at their young age – they will be mature enough to tackle so much more than their baby sibling.  How about us in the family of faith?  Are we maturing and are we able to help others? Remember – solid food is for the mature!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 10, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | ,

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