If there is anything we’ve learned about Hebrews, its that the author loves to create a tapestry of themes. It makes the book a little complicated, but unbelievably rich. This morning I want to focus on the first half of today’s passage. I love the imagery the author of Hebrews uses. He compares these believers to babies who are stuck in infancy despite the fact that they should be full grown Christians. They need milk when they should be enjoying a big steak. We all know babies are super-cute, but there’s nothing cute about a 30 year-old man acting like a baby. That’s what was happening here. These believers have had time and many opportunities to mature, but have remained infants. The author wants them to know that its time for these believers to stop splashing around in the shallow end and really dive into the faith.
The scathing admonition begs a question of us, are we growing up as believers? We take our children to the pediatrician to make sure they’re growing at the right rate, but are we growing at the right rate? Can we look back at the last year and see a pattern of growth or do we just see more of the same? Let’s grow up in the knowledge of God’s Word, let’s grow in our dependency and love for Him. Let’s put away our favorite sin and trade it for a life of freedom in Christ. The author of Hebrews is clear, we need to grow up!