This morning I was studying Hebrews chapter 5 with my Bible study group. I keep pondering verse 14: "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."
Constant use. If we want to mature as believers, move beyond "milk" into "solid food," we must constantly use biblical teaching, especially teaching about righteousness (v. 13). What is "constant"? Not only is it every day, but it is continually throughout each day.
Train themselves. OK, so we can't use the excuse that we don't have formal Bible school training or a seminary degree. The writer of Hebrews tells us we can train ourselves. We can study the Scriptures ourselves. We don't need a priest to tell us what the Bible says and/or means. The Holy Spirit teaches us through the Word. (John 14:26; John 16:13-15; 1 John 2:27) I've found the more I study the Word, the more I love the Word and want to study it!
Distinguish good from evil. This confirms there is good and evil. So much for post-modern teaching on relativism. This also tells us we can learn how to distinguish between the two. By learning, we mature. 2 Timothy 2:22 tells us to flee from evil desires. How can we flee from evil if we cannot recognize evil from good?!
Lord, help us to mature in our beliefs and in our walk with Jesus. Help us to constantly put your Word into practice in our lives. Help us learn to distinguish between good and evil. Help us to flee from evil and pursue that which is good.