Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Throw Away the Sippy Cup
Heb 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
Heb 5:12 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.
Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Silly picture, isn't it? In fact, it is rediculous. But no more so than the sad infantile state of much of Christianity. Christianity has never been so shallow. I remember a couple of decades or so ago when pastors criticized the deeper life movement in favor of evangelism. Now, evangelism has waned, much to everyone's chagrin. And what we have left is a ton of people who have "said the prayer" yet have Moses at the helm of the ark.
I am embarrassed at the lack of basic Bible knowledge. I don't think it can be all the fault of the teachers, for they diligently dispense the pabulum and puree' week in, week out, year in, year out.
It seems rather that believers are content to be spoon fed for the rest of their church lives, refusing to dig out truth for themselves in the environment of their prayer and study closets.
The church body suffers greatly, because their services are dearly needed, yet they have no depth in themselves in order to teach others.
Appetite is the key. When one has tasted of the meat, they no longer are content with the milk.
It is time we throw away the sippy cups and get skillful in the use of the steak knife.
My believing friends, if these verses fit, please, wear them. Move on to being skillful in the Word, for this is where you need to be at this stage of your Christian life.