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Lately God has me spending a lot of time praying over a message in the Book of Hebrews, Chapters 5 and 6.  The author is chastising believers about their slow progress as followers of Jesus.  Starting in Hebrews 5:12, he says:

“In fact though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s Word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.”

The author goes on to say we should go beyond the elementary teachings of repentance, resurrection, baptism and eternal judgment.  Know these things and hide them in your heart so we can move forward in teachings about righteousness.

Are we still spending our time learning the basics of our faith instead of getting into the meat of righteousness and our mandate to become holy?  It appears too often we are.  We often seem stuck in neutral, not moving forward in righteousness and holiness.  The power of the Holy Spirit is not manifested in our lives because we are still acting like children instead of mature believers.  This not only affects the joy in our lives, but prevents us from being powerful witnesses for Jesus Christ.

It’s kind of like we are enrolled in college level math but still struggling to understand things like simple division, multiplication or fractions.  God is trying to teach us trigonometry—but we can’t grasp basic math yet.

Only when we move beyond the simple milk of our faith can we become powerful witnesses for our Christian faith.  When we talk to people about what Jesus means to us, yet we struggle with the basics of our faith, just how effective can we possibly be?

So let us together accept once and for all the simple basics of our faith and ask God’s spirit to move powerfully in our lives.  Let’s embrace our pursuit of righteousness and holiness and become the powerful witnesses Jesus asks us to be.  The world is in desperate need of a Savior, and is looking in all the wrong places.  It is up to us, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to point them to the only Savior, Jesus Christ.  But first we must move beyond the basics and embrace all God’s Word has to offer.  Only then will we be able to carry out the great commission of making disciples for Jesus.