Thought Of The Day, “Maturity”, Men’s Daily Devotion

Men’s Daily Devotion, Maturity


Thought of the day:

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Reference Hebrews 5:12-14 NKJV

This passage is harsh to many because it’s calling them out for not maturing. He’s talking to those who say, “I don’t think I’m being fed”. He’s talking to those who are looking to be fed but not putting what they learn into practice. We can literally have a picture in mind of a grown adult who is still nursing. I know this is a crude description but it is the best one.

Paul is basically saying here, “You don’t think you’re growing enough? It’s because your still drinking milk when you’ve been shown how to cut the meat and eat it.” Physically, milk is not the best for us, as we grow older, and can only provide some nutrients needed to a point. We need the substance of meat to grow.

How does this apply to us Spiritually? We have been taught The Word, how to pray, the need for fellowship, walking in Faith and putting these practices in action continuously. In a sense, we’ve been introduced to meat. We need to wean off the milk, which is showing up to a Bible Study or Church and not applying what we learn in our actions.

We need to use what we learn to teach others and guide them to Jesus and help them grow. This is where we start to learn more. This is where our Faith is stretched more. This is where our Spiritual muscles develop more. We face challenges when we start putting into action what we learn and not just expect to be taught/fed, we are no longer babes in Christ.

Spend some time today in reflecting on whether or not you’re eating of the Spiritual meat or if you’re still drinking the milk.

If we are to please God, we need to allow The Holy Spirit to set us apart. We need to pursue a sinless life. We are to seek Righteousness. How do we do it? Through prayer, study, fellowship, being willing to be corrected/accountability, discipleship, and service.  
It starts with Our Relationship with Jesus. If you don’t have a Relationship with Him or you need to rekindle that Relationship, do it now. Call out to Him and seek his Love and Forgiveness. It really is as hard or easy as you make it. We should look to Him daily to seek a relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to seek Him today, if you haven’t already.
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Mark is a US Army Veteran and has called Albuquerque home since 1997. He earned degrees at Albuquerque Bible College, and Faith Evangelical Seminary before attending the Shepherd’s School at Cross Christian Fellowship. He has felt a calling to start a church along Route 66, in Albuquerque to reach others for Christ. Mark has had struggles with addictions, drugs, alcohol and other things, in the past. He has recovered from them, with Christ and has a desire to help others with them as well. He has a desire to setup a recovery home in Albuquerque, or nearby, to help others in the recovery process as well as help them gain some job skills and learn to have personal interactions with others. Mark grew up in traditional churches. He did not find the true meaning of having a Relationship with Jesus. At the age of 31, after hearing a Pastor talk about this Relationship, he rededicated his life to Jesus and started on a path for ministry. You can check out Recovery In Action Ministries FaceBook Page for more info on Recovery issues. Mark has been married to his wife Rebecca since 2005. Together they have four boys between them. They minister together to help others grow in their relationships with their spouses, children and family. In his free time, Mark likes to ride motorcycles, shooting and building things.

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