moving to maturity

A couple of weeks ago I was eating lunch under a pavilion behind our church with a friend.  While eating we saw a fawn in the field nearby.  We decided to go in for a closer look and were shocked at how close the little deer let us get.  We stood just a few yards from the deer and even took several pictures of it.  When we were done admiring it, we headed back to finish our lunches.  But as we walked back to the picnic tables the baby deer followed right at our heels.  Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 2.09.58 PM
We didn’t know what to do.  We couldn’t get it to stop following us.  It would let out a cry, look up at us, rub against our legs and even lick us. It must have thought we were it’s parents.  We were finally able to get away from it and watched it from a distance until it’s mother returned.

At the end of chapter 5 and the begining of chapter 6, the writer of Hebrews talks about the importance of moving on to maturity. Hebrews 5:12-14 says, “12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”

This little deer reminded me of the person being described here.  It was so vulnerable and ready to follow just about anything simply because of how immature it was.  Verse 13 says, “For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.” There is a real danger for the believer who does not follow these instructions to move forward to maturity. Without the maturity, that comes “through training,” they are simply unable to discern between right and wrong.  I have seen so many people make terrible decisions or even fall away from the Lord because of this.  They will follow ideas, doctrines, desires and numerous other things that they have no business following after.  Too many are content to stay on “milk” and end up acting just like that fawn and are led away.

Not only do we set ourselves up for spiritual blindness, but we also miss out on the deeper things God has for us.  Heb 5:11 says, “There is much more…”  There is much more! I want to learn about the “much more.”  But the only way to get there is to put into practice what I already have, to train myself and move forward.

“And so, God willing, we will move forward…” Heb 6:3

 

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