“12 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, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14
Would you consider yourself a mature Christian? Seriously. Be honest. No one is looking. No one can hear you read. It’s just you and this screen. Would you consider yourself a mature Christian? What about compared to “so and so”? What about the fact that you have been a Christian for so long? What about the reality that you have taught Bible Study classes? Or maybe you have attended more classes than you can begin to count? Would you consider yourself a mature Christian?
If so, how do you know? If not, why not? Hebrews 5 is helpful here.
Knowing the Word does not equal Christian maturity.
Attending another week of Sunday School does not mean we move a little farther down the “Mature Meter.”
Going through another Bible Study does not guarantee saint status.
Having a quiet time every morning is not the same thing as Christlikeness.
The author of Hebrews wrote to people who had knowledge. They knew the “basic principles of the oracles of God.” They knew what answers to give their Sunday School teacher. Knowledge wasn’t their problem.
Applying the knowledge was the problem.
Notice what he says of the mature Christian in verse 14: “(they) have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
Trained by constant practice. Trained by constant practice. Trained by constant practice. Trained by constant practice.
Translation: Mature Christianity is training yourself to constantly practice the Scriptures.
Growing as a Christian requires knowledge, for sure. But growing as a Christian is not just knowledge. It is taking the knowledge that you do have about God and immediately – constantly – putting it into practice. A mature Christian never points to how much he/she knows. Nope. They can identify areas of obedience that have increased and developed in recent months/years.
So, what did you learn at Sunday School yesterday?
What did you learn from the sermon that was preached?
What did God say to you in your quiet time?
What did you glean from your Bible Study?
Now – what are you going to do with what you know?