by Andrew Lewis
Are you growing?
I don’t mean physically, I mean spiritually?
Let me ask again, are you growing?
Becoming stagnate (cease to flow or move) is part of all areas in life. If we are not careful we can stagnate in our physical life, exercises and becoming fitter. If we are not careful we can become stagnate in our intellectual life, where don’t actually grow or move forward in our knowledge. Relationships can become stagnate, when we don’t work towards making our relationships better they stop moving forward and growing.
We can become spiritually stagnate as well, struggling to grow or move forward in our relationship with God, and ultimately choosing not to pursue God at all because we became disheartened by the progress of others.
The author of the Hebrews letter writes a powerful message for us to grab a hold of …
‘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. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.’ Hebrews 5:12-14
Solid food is for the mature … maturity is what we should be desiring in our relationship with God. That we would move from milk (primarily what an infants diet requires) and start consuming solid food (what a mature person would normally consume).
But how? How do we progress spiritually onto maturity in the Christian faith?
I believe that there is multiple ways of achieving this but the writer of Hebrews suggests something … though by this time you ought to be teachers.
Teaching is a form of serving. I wonder whether choosing to get active and serve is a way to progress towards maturity rather than stagnating and ceasing to move forward.
Have you ever thought about your life? Does it reflect a life that serves, that is active OR do you continuing consume and make sure your feel full rather than filling someone else’s life?
TODAY make a honest assessment of yourself; are you growing and moving forward in your relationship with God? Is it time to start serving to some capacity? No matter how scary or daunting that call may be, it could be the step you need to take in order to break the stagnate spiritually you are experiencing.
Lord, I want to move from milk to mature food, challenge me in the next step I must take to grow deeper on my relationship with you. Amen.
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