New Testament Reading Reflection Week 9

Written by: Jeremy Schultheiss

Hebrews 5:11-14

11 There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.[c] You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

 Obviously, I don’t have clear memories of my time in diapers, but the family rumor is that I was a baby food monster. I allegedly ate more than my brother and sister combined. I had rolls for days and was fat and happy. 

 But then something happened. Eventually, at some point before I entered High School, I stopped eating baby food. My palate matured. I graduated from Gerber to grilled steak and never looked back. 

The writer of Hebrews is reminding the early church that their spiritual palates needed to mature as well. I needed that reminder this week. Maybe you did too. 

It can be too easy to settle for spiritual baby food. I’m not talking about waking up and singing “Jesus Loves Me This I Know.” I think spiritual baby food looks like settling for a life where the only way our faith is lived out is by showing up to church and checking off our spiritual To-do list. 

You see, the early Christians were called radicals. Not radical like the 90s adjective. But radical came from the Latin word radicallis. It is the same word we get radishes from. It means, “relating to a root.” 

Since a root is the deepest part of something, radical came to describe the act of seeking full understanding. Christians were called radicals because they were aiming to understand ultimate reality. They were seeking to live a life that was so filled with the love, peace, joy, and hope of Christ that it was pervasive in everything they did. 

We live in a culture that preaches comfort and security. Maybe seeking to live radically will push us out of our comfort zones, but isn’t that the adventure? When we choose to live radically by loving, serving, and giving we get to graduate from just consuming spiritual baby food and step into a new adventure. 

This is the adventure you were made for. 

Cole Beshore