No parents would like to see their full-grown child acting like a crybaby – can’t take solid food, naive, vulnerable and unable to take care of themselves, let alone the parents.
But then we as children of God ourselves often forget about our own spiritual growth.
Do we excuse or comfort ourselves when we are unable to understand or explain the words of righteousness (Heb 5: 13)?
Or do we strive and learn to take more solid food?
Here are two items to examine when we pursue our spiritual growth:
- Do we still remain in the elementary teachings about Christ and unable to understand deeper words of righteousness?
- Have we laid a strong foundation of the doctrine or do we still need to lay it again?
Here the foundation mentioned in Hebrews refers to doctrine i.e. repentance, faith, washings, laying on of hands (in the context of Acts it is the prayer for Holy Spirit; while in 1 Timothy, the spiritual gifts), the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.
Similar to our basic beliefs, aren’t they? If we have no strong foundation of the basic beliefs, how then can we grow tall and firm?
“…and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.” Hebrews 6: 6
Even those who have once been enlightened (Acts 26: 18), have received the Holy Spirit and have tasted the good word of God could fall, and there is no second atonement for them after that.
How then can we be complacent in our spiritual life or be slack in faith?
The faith described in Hebrews entails hope and perseverance through trials and sufferings.