Growing Up Fast

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 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. Therefore, let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity. Hebrews 5:11–6:1, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Being a relatively new first-time grandpa I am surprised to see the changes in my nearly four-month-old grandson Adrian, each time my son Joel posts a new picture. I didn’t seem to notice that as much when Joel was growing up. But now, looking back, it seems like my son was just learning to crawl, I blinked, and now he has a son of his own. Then I got to looking back on some pictures of the past few years and can see that I am too am “growing up fast.” The gray is much more noticeable and the facial features, shall we say, a bit more “mature” than just a couple years ago.

But growing up fast does not always mean growing up fast, if you know what I mean. In my nearly forty-six-year career I’ve seen many career employees with “x” years of experience, eager for the next growth opportunity to add to their experience. I’ve seen just as many with just one year of experience times “x” numbers of years. Content to run in place. In the workplace, I suppose that both are needed. But in the body of Christ all need to move on from milk to solid food, from the elementary to maturity. “So that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Eph 4:12–13, NIV 1984).

My Advice – If you are just starting out in the faith, my “Got Spiritual Milk?” musings are a “twelve steps for growth as disciples” study guide for use in small groups or on your own. If you are more mature in the faith, just like veteran ball players who attend spring training with the “rookies,” we all need to refresh the fundamentals periodically.

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