Hebrews 5:12-14, 6:1-3
When a child is born, breastmilk is the only food they can take that is mild enough to not irritate their digestive system, and It provides all the nutrients they need at that stage of their lives. As they begin to grow, their nutritional requirements grow also, until a point is reached when just milk isn’t enough. Solid food is then gradually introduced until they begin to eat “adult” food, and then the milk is phased out. This is normal physiology.
What happens when you see a 4-year-old who takes breastmilk as his only source of food? Eyebrows will be raised and questions will be asked. Why? Because we all know that it is abnormal. That child will be malnourished and his growth will be stunted compared to other children of the same age because he isn’t getting what he needs. So then, why are there so many 10-year-old and 20-year-old Christians who are not bothered that they are subsisting on “breastmilk”? People meant to be breaking bones are sipping milk, and they are not worried about their states of malnutrition!
The writer of Hebrews noticed this abnormality however, which is why he said, “you have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food” (Heb 5:12 NLT). According to their years in Christ, they were supposed to have moved past the stage “milk” because it was for those who were yet unskilled in the ways of righteousness (v13), but they hadn’t! Their slothful attitude towards the word of God had resulted in spiritual stunted growth.
Are you like the Christians to whom this letter was written? Have you been taking milk for too long? Are you spiritually stunted? Now, the definitive treatment for physical malnutrition is addressing the underlying cause and correcting the nutrient deficit and It is the same for spiritual malnutrition. Yes, you are a Christian and you have given your life to Christ, but You’re not spending enough time reading the word? You don’t pray? You regularly neglect going to church? Please correct the deficit. Remember however, that you cannot do this on your own, and trying will only leave you frustrated. It is God alone who can give you both the desire and the power to do His will (Phil 2:13). Why not ask Him for help today? It’s time to grow up!