Yesterday I open up the fridge to pour myself a glass of milk. Lo and behold it was spoiled. The expiration date didn’t even go over a day yet. It was the most horrible smell anyone has to endure. And I started thinking about Church. In the 1st epistle to the Corinthians Paul says,
“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.” (1 corinthians 3:2)
In the epistle to the Hebrews the author uses the same analogy,
“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.” (Hebrews 5:12-13)
And even Peter gets in on the analogy in his first epistle stating,
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation…” (1 Peter 2:2)
The writer of Hebrews seems to have been the most harsh of all the epistles. The writer almost sounds like Paul, because they both use the analogy negatively. We should already be teachers he said. We are unacquainted with the teachings of righteousness he said. Do you know how embarrassing that must have been? Educated mature Christians in the faith who are still drinking milk! Taking in the same old teachings over and over and never really moving forward. Spiritually I can only imagine the stench that was reaching up towards God. Lukewarm spoiled milk. The only option God has is to vomit us back out. No angel nor evil spirit will dare approach us so that our lives lack both miracles and hardship. We perhaps even rival the stench of The Lord of Flies and Dung? It’s embarrassing. But this is the story of every Christian who cannot move forward from the elementary teachings of the faith. There’s a science to doing church, and its dynamic not static. The only Static one is God, and we are not gods. We still need growing up to do. We still need development. Therefore we need to move from faith to faith, from glory to glory and not become stale bread standing in place. If you’re tired of the spoiled milk, find yourself a church and start working on that solid food. No more theorizing, it’s time for practice. Enough hearing its time for doing.