Stumbling blocks or building blocks?

The writer of the book of Hebrews was frustrated. His readers were being slow learners: “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!… But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:12, 14).

Their laziness meant that they weren’t grasping the ABC’s of the faith. Since they weren’t grasping the ABC’s, they weren’t able to move on to more mature matters like distinguishing good from evil.

There’s a lesson here for you and me as well.

When we are being lazy and not making an effort to learn the ABC’s of the faith, we won’t be able to move on to the all-important work of spiritual maturity and distinguishing the difference between good and evil.

How is your grasp of the basics?

What is sin? What is salvation? What is the Bible? Who is Jesus and why is he absolutely necessary? What are the 10 Commandments and The Lord’s Prayer? What is the greatest command? 

If you’re frustrated because you’re not as spiritually mature as you’d like to be, perhaps you need to brush up on the “elementary truths” of God’s word.

You may be running into stumbling blocks because you’re not standing firmly on the building blocks.


–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon called “Caution Counsel Encouragement.” Click here to listen.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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