MATURITY PROVIDES DISCERNMENT
One of the most convicting passages of Scripture on maturity is Hebrews 5:11-14. The writer chastises these believers for not grasping what they were taught “since you have become dull in hearing” (5:11). The word “dull” literally means “lazy as to one’s ears or slow to understand.”
The cause of this ‘dullness’ is linked to their immaturity. This is evident by verse 12 and 13; “You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.” On a physical level, we all know that living on milk does not promote growth. To be “unskilled” is to “lack knowledge or capacity to do something, or unacquainted” with the truth that helps us act according to God’s will and purpose.
We now come to the core reason for this blog post. “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (5:14). Spiritual food with substance is necessary if we are going to become mature and able to discern between good and evil. There is no short-cut to spiritual maturity. We must examine the kind of food we put into our minds and hearts. If we keep feeding on things that do not promote transformation (growth), we become stunted in our ability to make choices that glorify God and help the Body of Christ to grow together.
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