Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Hebrews 5-6.
“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Therefore, leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.” Hebrews 5:11-6:1
I like to laugh, pull pranks, joke around with people, and have fun. I like to do this with my wife, my kids, and my co-workers and friends. So, I’m not surprised when people jokingly call me a child. But, it would have surprised many readers of Hebrews that the author is calling them children. It would have surprised them because in verse 11 the author tells them they have become dull of hearing. Their relationship with Jesus had become stagnant and complacent in their faith. They had become lazy and stuck in immaturity.
Christian laziness produces perpetual Christian babies. Lazy Christians stay stuck in a constant cycle of immaturity.
Paul confronts their immaturity with some strong words. He tells them to leave elementary things and grow up. The readers needed someone to teach them the basic Christian doctrines. They were still spiritual infants and so Paul challenges them to take deliberate action to grow into maturity in their faith. He warned them to avoid lazy Christianity. How do we heed this warning? By intentionally working toward growth. Spiritual growth does not happen haphazardly. Many Christians are dull to hear the word of God, they have become sluggish in their faith, and have embraced lazy Christianity. Christian passivity will always produce perpetual Christian babies.
So, what’s the answer? Be intentional with your milk. Verse 14 tells us to practice. That means that when we are young we grow up by drinking milk. John Piper says it this way, “This is how you grow from a baby Christian to a mature Christian: from the milk of the Word to the muscle of faith to acts of righteousness.”
- How can you pursue spiritual growth and make knowing Jesus the highest priority in your life?
- Make a plan. Be specific. Think through when the best time in your day to read the Bible and pray would be and make a plan.
- Tell someone your plan so they can hold you accountable.
Lord, I desire to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of your Word. I desire to continue to grow out of spiritual immaturity. Would you guide me in this growth? I desire for you to be my highest priority. Spirit, lead me toward this end.
Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from Hebrews 7-9.