Do you roller skate? I roller skated every weekend as a teenager. It was one of my very favorite things to do.
The first time you put on a pair of roller skates, were you able to comfortably fly around the rink? Not me! I held onto the wall and rails for dear life and crept around the outside of the rink hoping no one would crash into me or even get too close.
I remember finally letting go of the wall and being kind of stable as long as nothing happened in front of me.
As I became more mature in my skill, I remember skating quite fast and very comfortably around the rink. I was even able to avoid falling when someone fell right in front of me most of the time. That is when it became really fun.
Mature in Your Skill
We have talked a lot about maturity and a lack of maturity in the last couple of entries. In God’s Word, we can see obvious benefits to being mature in your faith, knowledge, and relationship with Christ.
Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV) (focusing on verse 14)
“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
Walking with God and studying His Word is like any other skill in at least one way. The more you do it, the more effective you will be at it.
Let’s go to the Verse:
“But solid food is for the mature…”
“Solid food” is the deeper truths of God’s Word. The more mature we are in our walk the more effective we will be at studying, understanding, grasping and applying the deeper truths – with the help of the Holy Spirit. This solid food is meant for all believers. It is God’s desire that we all mature spiritually. It is not His desire that any of us stay on “milk” the rest of our lives.
“…who by constant use…”
More mature believers are able to consistently take in “solid food” because they are studying and seeking God and applying His Word to their lives. Of course, we never grow to the point that we do not need the Holy Spirit to help us understand and apply it. But, the more time we spend the more things weave together and make a more complete picture for us. This constant use happens through our personal Bible study time, seeking God for wisdom in prayer, and sitting under the teaching of Biblically solid teachers. See Ephesians 4:9-14.
I love the Amplified Version of the Bible for times when I am looking for a little more help in understanding. It is very wordy so it is not easy to read but it a great study tool. Our passage for today reads like this:
Hebrews 5:14 (AMP)
“But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose sense and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.”
Then the next part of the passage in NIV:
“…have trained themselves…”
Training by the constant use of God’s Word is good training indeed. Not to marginalize this great truth, but like roller skating or any other skill, the more time we spend doing it, the better we get at it.
“…to distinguish good from evil.”
The AMP uses many good descriptive and defining words to open this phrase up to us. You may want to look back at the quote above from the AMP to get more insight.
In our lives today, we are constantly bombarded with choices. As you look at those choices and try to make decisions, do you classify them as good or evil? I am not in the habit of doing this. It would be hugely beneficial in our walk, though.
Why is that? Because when we make choices, we must consider whether a choice will bring glory to God or not. This is something that slips to the back of my mind, but should not. If we are in the habit of determining early in a situation, whether something is good or evil, then it will save us a lot of energy later when we need to get out of a deep and messy situation.
As in every situation, God’s glory is the primary issue, but our maturity in God and His Word leads to a life that glorifies Him. Since we are to do all for the glory of God, we must mature in Christ and eat the solid food, right?
As we wear His name, all the decisions we make reflect on Him either for His glory or not. May our hearts be consumed with a desire to bring Him glory. (Eph 4:14-16)
So, solid food! For His glory and our good!
Thank You so much, Lord, for helping us see how important it is that we not stay babies in our walk with You. Help us, please, to desire to grow in Your Word. Help us to seek You to know You so we can glorify You. Make us what You want us to be and help us, please, to be able to rightly handle Your Word as we take it in and share it with others. Help us all to see and take seriously what we “teach” with our lives and conversations. Make us skilled because we are constantly using Your Word. Be glorified in each one of us. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
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