There are two significant verses that can be overlooked if not taken a few more glances at.
1 Corinthians 3:2-3 (ESV)” fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way”
Hebrews 5:12-14;6:1 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.. “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.”
This upper part of this post was written months ago. However, this is a theme worth discussing that bleeds over into going deeper into God’s word.
This is obviously not a comprehensive list of verses charging us to move forward in not just knowing the basics. God has called us to everything and is the provider of the grace and the ability to do so.
I think that a decade ago when I really started taking the word seriously at 18 years old. I have changed my opinion on what this verse means. I think the principle is the same. I think the purpose of this blog post is to present a different angle.
It can be very easy for us to get caught up in something so overly clear in Scripture. Maturity. It would be ridiculous almost to even stutter over this principle. No, I am not going to work hard as a person felt called to lead, called to Pastor and called to preach the Gospel, to go deep myself to be able to lead a generation into maturity. Paul prays, “my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!(Gal. 4:19)”
The challenge becomes how. How do you grow? And how do you know that you are growing? Do you ever remember as a child driving on a really long road trip? You ask your parents, “Are we there yet?” The answer is derived from already assuming that your concept of time is shallow and misguided. I grew up driving from Fort Collins to Denver all the time which is an hour drive. My idea of length was the same in terms of the actual time. My idea of how long to get there was stretched out and felt longer and harder then it really was.
It can be the same in our faith. No one really can tell us from the front seat when we will get there, but we can learn how to embrace the ride. We have to learn how to embrace the process of growing. Ironically, this becomes the way we grow and this takes up all of our time and our efforts. Pure milk and not the meat can really just mean your trust is limited and therefore your concept of time is controlled by impulses. I want to grow and continue to grow and for the most part you have seen many different phases on this blog.
As I move forward in life I cannot be so occupied with how much I am growing, but allowing myself( this is the challenge) to embrace the process of getting there.
Think about how this view of maturity can affect and does affect you.