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.
This is not a good place to be in – to be told “you should be teaching others, yet you need teaching yourselves”. Ouch! So, what are the symptoms of spiritual dullness and how do we get out of it? Firstly, am I able to discern right from wrong or am I unsure and “double-minded”? (v14) If we are Christians, we have been given Jesus’ mind (1 Corinthians 2:16) and the Holy Spirt who gives a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). If I’m constantly confused, I am spiritually dull and missing out on God’s peace (Philippians 4:7) and His leading in my life (Isaiah 30:21). So how do I fix that?
1. Admit I need help
2. Find someone to “sharpen” my dullness (see Proverbs 27:17)
3. Commit to the long haul. It’s going to take effort and “training” but it will be worth it. And it will never happen unless I start.
Thanks Lord, for giving us everything we need to grow in our faith, to be sharp and on fire for You. Help me have the courage to start the journey today. Amen
Written by Boudy Van Noppen