When God called us into His saving grace, He had in His sight our spiritual growth and maturity. The Apostle Paul underscores this when he writes, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying (or building up) of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect (or mature) man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Eph. 4:11-15).
Hence, it’s a real concern to God when spiritual growth and maturity of His people are found wanting. Paul raised this up in his letter to the believers in Corinth: “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready” (1 Cor. 3:1-2 ESV). The writer of Hebrews also raised a similar concern about this in his letter: “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” (Heb. 5:12).
With this in mind, it’s most crucial for us to check the barome-ter of our spiritual health. Is it growing and maturing? Or stag-nant? Are we having solid food? Or still have need of milk?
Giving his perspective in formal education, Robert Hutchins wrote, “Because most of the important things that human beings ought to understand cannot be comprehended in youth….The great books of ethics, political philosophy, eco-nomics, history, and literature do no yield up their secrets to the immature.” Likewise, God’s Word doesn’t yield up its great treasures and secrets to the immature.
Responding to Hutchins’ observation, Virgil Hurley gives his thought on Christian teaching, “True Christlike teaching in-cites a desire for increased knowledge that grows toward the teacher’s level and beyond, becoming a teacher one’s self, beginning the cycle again.”
Dearly beloved, this has always been my desire. I keep up with my learning, and wish to see that the teaching will incite you to grow beyond the teacher’s level.
Growing with you,
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”—2 Peter 3:18