11 We have a lot to say about that. But it is hard to explain it to you. You learn too slowly. 12 By this time you should be teachers. But in fact, you need someone to teach you all over again. You need even the simple truths of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Anyone who lives on milk is still a baby. That person does not want to learn about living a godly life. 14 Solid food is for those who are grown up. They have trained themselves with a lot of practice. They can tell the difference between good and evil.
There is a distinction I see from this passage – distinction between inexperienced Christians and mature Christians. Inexperienced, called babies in this translation – not meaning new Christians but ones that have been following Jesus for some time but their lives or lifestyles don’t show it. The writer talks about the mature being those who have practiced and trained themselves to know right from wrong or good from evil, in others words – living out a godly life.
Walking the Christian life is an on-going learning experience – we aren’t to just sit back and relax– but like anything else that is worth pursuing it takes commitment from us to grow, as we grow teaching others what we have learnt along the way.
Christianity isn’t to be static it’s not passive – but it is a dynamic whole of life pursuit, of growing, training and practice to become more Christ like. This passage shows me that as I train and practice that I will not always get it right but that I will grow if I give it a go.
Lord, I want to mature, learn and practice my faith, Lord continue to train me in becoming more Christ like, more godly. Don’t let me ever stop and become content or passive in my relationship with you.
Written by Suzie Hodgson