Concerning this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull and sluggish in [your spiritual] hearing and disinclined to listen. For though by this time you ought to be teachers [because of the time you have had to learn these truths], you actually need someone to teach you again the elementary principles of God’s word [from the beginning], and you have come to be continually in need of milk, not solid food. For everyone who lives on milk is [doctrinally inexperienced and] unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a spiritual infant. But solid food is for the [spiritually] mature, whose senses are trained by practice to distinguish between what is morally good and what is evil.
HEBREWS 5:11-14 AMP
Happy Tuesday. It’s a great time to try something new!
Have you ever considered how difficult it must have been for early Christians? Sometimes we make a small change in church and I have a difficult time adjusting. Many of the early Christians left behind all their family and friends. They faced opposition, which often meant death. Jesus’s brother James and James Zebedee were executed at the commands of Herod Agrippa. During Nero’s reign, to cut down on the growth of Christianity, there were organized massacres of Christians. Christianity was seen as a wicked superstition.
Early Christians were forced to question all their beliefs and traditions, and shift to a whole new lifestyle and way of thinking. Suddenly, they didn’t need a high priest to pray for them. They could pray directly to God through Jesus’s name. They became ministers to others. On top of all that, they were taught to take care of their neighbors, the sick, the poor, the widows, and the children left in the street. They were required to begin living a very strict moral life immediately. This only scratches the surface of changes. Yet, Christianity continued to grow.
It’s no wonder the early Christians stopped listening when the author of Hebrews was teaching them. Still, this scripture makes a very poignant statement. As Christians we need to continue to read, study, pray and grow. Being a Christian is not only for Sunday morning. It’s all week. It’s praying without ceasing. It’s continually studying the Bible. It’s growing closer to God.
Today, try something new. Grow as a Christian! God bless you.