11 論到這些事，我們有很多話要說，可是很難解釋；因為你們已經遲鈍了，聽不進去。 12 到這個時候，你們應該已經作老師了；可是你們還需要有人再把神道理的初步教導你們。你們成了只能吃奶而不能吃乾糧的人！ 13 凡是吃奶的，還是個嬰孩，對公義的道理沒有經歷； 14 只有長大成人的，才能吃乾糧，他們的官能因為操練純熟，就能分辨是非了。
11We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12In 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! 13Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
- We become mature in our faith by constantly using the truth God has revealed to distinguish good from evil. Don’t mistake possessing information for maturity. The ability to quote long passages of Scripture or to argue theology is meaningless. What brings believer to maturity is the conscious effort of distinguishing between good and evil on criteria established by God’s Word. The difference between “milk” and “meat” is found in neither the depth nor breadth of our knowledge in Christian doctrine, but in the way we live out the Word of God. For those who merely hear the Word but have no action, the truths they know are milk; whereas for those who not only hear but also act upon the Word of God, the same truths become solid and sustaining meat.
- What is the one thing that I learn from God’s Word today that I can apply to my life? How can I specifically apply it today or in this week? Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower and remind me to truly do this one thing I’ve identified today.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the “Spiritual Journal” book.