Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.'  Hebrews 5:13,14

The words that leap out at me here, are the words 'constant use' .  If we constantly use the teaching about righteousness we will become mature Christians.  This does not happen in some fairy tale magical way but by training ourselves to constantly make the right choices and discipline our way of life.  The word says we have to train ourselves to distinguish between good and evil.  This is something that can be very simple.  If we do something wrong, we do our very best never to do it again.  Sometimes we have to look at the circumstances surrounding our failures.  What causes us to fall?  Being with certain kinds of people; watching certain things on the internet or going to particular places that are not good for us.  When we fall into temptation it doesn't just happen.  If we are sensitive, we begin to notice there are certain things that develop into a pattern.  For example: we don't want to be at church, or spend time with God, we become restless and fed up and start looking for other things to satisfy.  It is at that point that the constant use  of the teaching of righteousness needs to come into operation.  We need to recognise the danger signs and turn our whole being to God and He will help us before we fall.

Each time we make the right choice, we mature another little bit.  As we constantly use the teachings of righteousness we see the real deep changes within us.  It is only then that we will be satisfied because we will begin to eat the solid food that is for those who grow in Christ.

Who wants to continually live on milk and remain an infant?  Take courage, there is a way forward from all the dismal failures!  It is the constant use of righteousness that will train us to become mature saints.