“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”Hebrews 5:12-14 NASB
As Christians grow they should become disciples that are discipling others. The problem is that a lot of times Christians never mature to this stage. This could be for many reasons such as they are never taught or they are not given enough spiritual meat to grow. The writer of Hebrews is telling his audience that they should be teachers but they have reverted back to being a student.
They should be making disciples but instead they are still disciples. As a disciple of Jesus grows they need to be able to teach others and help them grow as disciples. This can be done only once a disciple has grown themselves.
Just like an infant needs milk so does the young Christian. The young Christian should be learning the fundamental truths of God. Without a firm foundation you will never stand, and if you do it will not be for long.
Once that foundation is built you can start growing. You have something to support you. Now you can start eating that spiritual meat. You start receiving the things necessary to promote healthy growth. You are now able to discern God’s truths and boldly teach others.
Are you growing as a Christian? God never expects anyone to stay the same. He wants us to grow so that we can be used for His service and glory here on earth. If you are not growing ask yourself why? What changes do you need in your life? It’s time to get away from the milk and start eating more steak.