Scripture: Hebrews 5:7-14
Key verse: (12) For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food.
Reflection: Many years ago I attended a workshop about adult Bible studies. The workshop leader began by asking all of us to create a list of what we would need to do if we want to learn to speak fluent Spanish. Get the catalog for the local community college, determine registration requirements and prerequisites, register and pay a fee, purchase textbooks, attend class faithfully, complete assignments, pass exams. Then he asked us what church members need to do if they want to study God’s Word. Generally the answer was “show up.” Then he pointed out that this is why too often our biblical knowledge is weak. We don’t treat our faithful studying with the level of commitment or seriousness that we do learning a foreign language.
The writer of Hebrews claims that is true also for the recipients of this letter. By this time, they should be qualified to teach. They have received instruction. They have heard God’s Word. But they haven’t taken it seriously. They haven’t studied. They are passive consumers and not active learners. The writer compares them to infants who drink milk, rather than growing children who consume solid food.
What is your commitment to faithful studying? Do you participate in a Bible study? What are you reading that encourages your faithfulness? Do you know the basics of church history or the foundations of Christian belief? There are wonderful resources available in your church. Check out resources highlighted on the website, attend a Bible study (and do more than show up and passively consume), read a book from the church library. It’s time to grow up in faith and wean yourself from milk.
Prayer: O Lord, you challenge me to love you with my mind. Make me a student of your word and of your truth. Feed me so that I can grow in my understanding and I can deepen in my faith. Through Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].