“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat,” Hebrews 5:12.
When our children were infants, we would take them to the doctor for regular check-ups and one of the first things the nurses did was measure the child’s weight and height. The doctor would then make a general determination of the child’s health based upon age, weight and height and, hopefully, say things like, “Your child is healthy and growing normally.” If the child did not meet the growth requirements expected, it would be necessary to run tests to see if there was something wrong. Normal growth in a child is expected, but stunted growth is an indication that there might be a physiological abnormality.
The same is true in the spiritual life of every believer: God expects Christian growth. The Bible does not give us normative growth charts or spiritual growth deadlines, but in some places, including our Key Verse for today, God expressed disappointment in believers who had been walking with Him long enough that they should have been teaching others, but were not. The problem God had with these believers is that they never built upon their faith. They should have been mature enough to transmit truth to other people but because they had a problem of apathy, disobedience and doubt in their hearts, their growth was stunted. God weighs and measures us daily. Has He found us mature and teaching others or has He found us still in a stage of spiritual infancy? Unlike children, we are responsible for feeding ourselves and growing in our faith.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you commit to growing in your faith today?