Drifting?

Cathy Hurtado

"We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.  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.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."  Hebrews 5:12-14

The writer of Hebrews sent this statement to believers who were drifting away from the faith.  The question we must ask ourselves is, “Are we where we ought to be in our walk with God and service to Him?”  It is so easy to drift away.  We just say that we are going to sit out our next Bible Study or Small Group and before we know it, it has been years since we did anything where there was personal accountability and encouragement for our spiritual growth. Early on we were so eager to hear God’s Word that we couldn’t wait to get to church each weekend.  Now our plates are so full on weekends that worship becomes a sporadic event.  There was a time when we hungered for God’s Word.  We were eager to read it each day and God spoke to us in so many ways.  But now there are so many things to see on the internet and texts to answer, people on Facebook and Twitter to follow that our Bibles sit unopened.  If you’ve been drifting, let the author of Hebrews exhort you from 12:1-2, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Some of us who faithfully attend church week, go to Small Groups and serve may be thinking, “What do you mean we ought to be teachers. I could never be a teacher.”  Jesus says in Luke 6:40, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.”  If we have faithfully been sitting at Jesus feet, our lives should resemble His, both in character and action.  Whether our audience is one or thousands, we’ve been entrusted with the good news of the Gospel, godly wisdom, practical solutions to everyday life and the key to life transformation.  God has been developing in us a heart of compassion and kindness, love and goodness.  If you have been taking in all these years, let the writer of Hebrews exhort you, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Father, it is time for me to get back on the path God has marked out for me.  Help me to grow beyond milk to solid food.  But, let the solid food bear its fruit through my life as I pass it on to a lost and hurting world.  Amen.

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