We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 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 5:11-14
In chapters 5 and 6 of Hebrews, we find a clear challenge to grow. The Hebrew writer was anxious to share about the priestly ministry of Jesus now in heaven, but the Hebrews weren’t ready to digest it. They were still on spiritual milk, infants in their stage of growth. Often we don’t realize when we are stuck. It can be a slow grind and before we know it, we have stopped doing the things we know we should do. Here are a few signals we should pay attention to:
DULLNESS TOWARDS THE WORD
When the word of God is spoken, are we allowing it to penetrate our hearts and spring us into action? Or do we find ourselves dozing off, apathetic, thinking about how it applies to everyone else but us?
INABILITY TO SHARE
Is Christ oozing out of me both in works and words or am I keeping him bottled up, all to myself?
A BABY FOOD DIET
Am I pursuing more knowledge, expanding my understanding and awareness of the deep truths from scripture or am I satisfied with just the basics? Not to be puffed up, but to gain a deeper appreciation and ability to serve and share.
UNSKILLFUL IN USING THE WORD
Am I satisfied letting someone else, say, the professionals, do all the talking or am I interested in participating in the priesthood of all believers? Our growth is perpetuated the more we teach someone else, whether that’s a friend, our kids, a class, or an entire congregation.
God wants to carry us along to a more mature faith. He wants us to move from the dry desert of Egypt to the rich and bountiful land of Canaan. He desires us to experience more fully the realities of who He is and the ways that He works in our lives. Spiritual growth is natural for a Christian, just as physical maturity is natural for our flesh. Arrested growth is unnatural and leads to death.
Choose to dive below the surface. Choose to move beyond the familiar places of your current reality to the next - the more expansive reality of understanding and applying God’s Word in your life.
Don’t just stay in Egypt, move on to Canaan.