Got Milk?

Read: Hebrews 5: 11-14

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Hebrews 5: 13 (NLT): “And a person who is living on milk isn’t very far along in the Christian life and doesn’t know much about doing what is right.”

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1.    Teacher or Student; new Christian or mature Christian, the choice is ours.

2.    Later in Hebrew 11:1, “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.”  God wants to lead us through the obstacle course of our lives, while we trust and rest in Him.

3.    New Christians are like children. They need, perhaps will even demand, easier more “digestible” scripture.  They haven’t matured enough to seek scripture which will challenge their beliefs.

4.    Mature Christians, seek difficult scripture and have put away childish ways. “Adult Christians”, require themselves to feed on sustainable and challenging scripture, so they may grow closer to Christ.

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Charles Blondin was one of greatest tightrope walkers of all times.  Abraham Lincoln once compared himself to Blondin in his 1864 Presidential campaign.  Blondin was known for walking across Niagara Falls, employing a variety of theatrical stunts.  He would do it blindfolded, on stilts, once he sat a made and ate an omelet half way across.

Once, after Blondin pushed a wheelbarrow across and back, he asked the crowd, “How many of you believe I can put a person in this wheelbarrow?”

The crowd cheered, yelled, and screamed, “Yes we believe!” Then he asked for a volunteer, and the crowd grew very quiet.  Until one man stepped out of the crowd and got into the wheelbarrow. There is a difference between the crowd, and the man in the wheelbarrow. In terms of my walk with Christ, where am I? In the crowd singing, holding my hands up, praising Him, and saying I believe? Or am I willing to step out in faith, and get in that wheelbarrow to serve Him as He wills.

There is a time to give up childish ways, and cut our teeth on scripture which will challenge our beliefs. Only if we want a closer relationship with Christ.  It is easier to stay in the crowd, not challenge our understanding, study only the popular scriptures, go to church on Sundays or holidays, and ask, “Got milk?”

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Loving Father. Challenge my understanding, make me question and thirst to understand You more. I want to grow up, and step out of the crowd. Put me in the game LORD. Do with me what you want. In your name I pray, Amen.
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