THIS WEEK’S FOCUSED SCRIPTURE
11 There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Hebrews 5:11-14 (NLT)
THOUGHTS FROM ERICK
Being the father of 5 children between the ages of 2 and 25, God makes me realize that we all inevitably grow. Even though we do not want our babies to grow; we want to shelter them from pain, they grow up anyway. We are all on the same trajectory of life. We are born, we grow, we mature, and we die. We tend to be brave during our lives and we are willing many times to take the necessary risks to achieve our goals, but when it comes to our spiritual lives, we don’t want to grow up. Instead, we do everything we can to live like infants or babies, because that’s a very easy stage of life. Everybody loves you, cares about you, protects you, and defends you. We don’t want the risks and pain. We want to be safe.
Sometimes we try to grow, but the enemy confuses us making us think it’s not worth it or that nobody cares. Let’s not accept this. God cares! Once we are saved and reborn by receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior, immediately we must start the learning and growing-up process by listening to our pastors’ preaching and direction, reading the Word of God, seeking our Heavenly Father in prayer and establishing a relationship with Him, worshiping His Name at all times, acting like a son of the King, and following every step taught by Jesus. Our growth will mark the way for other brothers and sisters that are watching us in silence from afar. If we keep drinking milk, they will do that as well, but if we start eating solid food, we will get strong, our families will be stronger, and our churches will be undefeatable for the Glory of God.
I exhort you not to settle for being just another believer in church. It is time to stand and lift your hands up. Not only to accept Him and worship Him, but also to say, “I want to grow, I’m tired of the milk, I know the difference between right and wrong, and I want to start training to teach the Gospel to others so that they can repent and believe in Jesus Christ.”
My prayer today is that we will be persistent, constant, and unstoppable in our decision to become mature sons and daughters of the Lord, that our determination will be sustained by the power of Jesus, and that we will die with our hands dirty from the work we’ve done for His Kingdom.