“For everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe” – Hebrews 5:13
After you’ve received Christ and are born again, you shouldn’t remain a baby in the things of God. Babies feed on milk instead of solid food. In the same vein, a baby Christian is the one who feeds on the milk of God’s Word. He is yet to grasp the understanding of deep spiritual truths, though he may have been born again for a very long time.
The Living Bible says concerning such folks: “You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you have dropped back to the place where you need someone to teach you all over again the very first principles in God’s Word. You are like babies who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food. And when a person is still living on milk it shows he isn’t very far along in the Christian life, and doesn’t know much about the difference between right and wrong. He is still a baby Christian! (Hebrews 5:12-13 TLB).
There’s an important characteristic of the babe in Christ that the opening scripture shows us: he is “unskillful” in the doctrine of righteousness. That means he doesn’t understand righteousness, which is the nature of God that has been imparted into him, which separates him from evil, sin, guilt, condemnation, fear, sickness and poverty.
Without an understanding of righteousness, a Christian can’t live victoriously over the enemy. He’ll be subject to the elements of the world (Galatians 4:3). This is why you must not remain in the babyhood stage of Christianity. You must desire to grow in Christ; you’ve got to get off milk and grow. How? By learning and putting God’s Word to work in your life. That’s how to grow up spiritually unto a mature man in Christ. Then you’ll walk in the consciousness of your righteousness in Christ, and the perfection and rightness of God will be manifested through you.
Dear Father, thank you for helping me grow in Christ by teaching me your Word. Thank you for granting me understanding of the doctrine of righteousness. As I skillfully apply your Word of righteousness and truth today, I’m confident that I’ll experience victory, success and prosperity and manifest your perfection, precision, and excellence to my world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Galatians 4:1; Ephesians 4:14