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We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
It's always exciting to see people maturing into their calling. It is one of the biggest joys in my life to see people living in a place where they are full of peace and joy, and at the same time they are driven to continue to grow and see greater things happen in their lives. Such people can sometimes seen to shoot up overnight. Their growth can seem completely supernatural. Having had the chance to walk with a few people who seem to have this supernatural growth, I can honestly say that while a huge part of this growth can be put down to God, a huge part of it is also down to the person DECIDING to grow.
Committing to grow.
Taking deliberate steps to grow.
Making tough decisions to grow.
The visible growth that others observed started in a place where no one knew what was truly taking place in the person except for God. So don't be discouraged if you feel like you haven't grown compared to others. The question that you might want to ask yourself is whether you have committed to growth.
The author of Hebrews state that the people couldn't go further in their growth because they "no longer try to understand". Their minds were closed off. This could be because of pride, apathy, distraction, or whatever it was. The fact remains that they were not able to receive new revelation. Without this new revelation they weren't able to grow.
What is causing your mind to be shut?
What is telling you that you don't need more of God? More of His revelation? More teaching? Do you doubt that you can continue to grow? That there is more for you?
The author also says that the mature are those "who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil". The new revelation that we receive needs to be CONSTANTLY used. It is not something we can leave for it to take effect, but we need to activate it in our lives. When activated it TRAINS us. It changes us, makes us stronger, more able to take certain things on. What does this training do? It helps us distinguish from good and evil.
Why is this such a big deal? Because God really isn't so much in the business of telling us what we should be doing in every moment of every day. He invites us to step into wide open spaces to live with passion and contentment. But for us to live that way, we need to be able to discern what decisions we should and shouldn't make for ourselves. A mature Christian makes daily choices that help them step into that kind of life.
This kind of life is not for the weak. It is not for the immature. It is not for the milk-drinkers, but the solid-eaters. It takes commitment and time to get there. Are you ready for the challenge?