WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR MATURITY WITH GOD?

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“Anyone who lives on milk…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 NIV)

No matter how much you’ve grown, you still have more to learn.

When babies are born, they are incapable of feeding themselves.  The newborn bodies depend entirely on the mother’s milk.  As they begin to grow, they start to eat solid foods.  From pureed peas to steak, the food keeps getting better the older you get.  Every child progresses at their own pace.  Some babies move to solid food faster than others, but they all get there eventually.  Whether fast or slow, both are growing.  

Pace is personal.

In ways, we are all still transitioning from milk to solid food.  Living life to the fullest means allowing God to teach you how to live.  Without a teachable spirit, growth doesn’t happen.  Everyone learns at a different pace.  And no one ever arrives, no matter what some people might think.  Just like babies don’t start eating steak, Christ-followers don’t start out knowing much about Jesus.  Most new believers only know He forgives sin and gives eternal life.  Salvation is the most important thing for people to know about Jesus, but it’s not the only thing people should know.  

Transitioning from milk to solid food means helping others know Jesus.  Once you’ve accepted His love and mercy, share it with others.  Spend time reading the scriptures.  Get to know who Jesus was and how He handled life’s situations.  As you do, you will share your new knowledge with others without even realizing it.  Don’t worry about the pace; just keep going.

Accepting isn’t giving up.  When we face the reality of a situation, it tells us where to start.  If a child can’t catch a ball, work on catching.  If a new Christ-follower has a question, answer it.   Answering questions deepen faith.  Thoughts you never had lead you to discoveries you’d never find.  Don’t let fear of the unknown keep you from talking and growing together as you search for answers.

God designed us to live in community.  All of us are on a journey of self-exploration, whether we realize it or not.  We all have questions only God can answer.  Accepting our limitations allows us to explore God’s infinity.  Discovering His divine power happens one revelation at a time:

“He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deep darkness into the light.” (Job 12:22 NIV)

Move from milk to solid food as God reveals the mysteries in your life.  Trust His ways, find His answers.  Get to know Jesus better.  Share what you learn with others.

Question of the Day:

What mystery do you want God to reveal to you?

Further Reading:Ezekiel 7:1-9:11 NIV, Hebrews 5:1-14 NIV, Psalm 105:1-15 NIV, Proverbs 26:28 NIV

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