The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of October 1-7, 2017, is Hebrews 5:11-14. The author of this letter is unknown, as are the intended recipients. Those who were receiving this letter were Christians who had formally been Jews. They were struggling in their faith and considering returning to their Jewish roots. This letter is one of encouragement and instruction to these Christians.
Concerning this we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight]. For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food. For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]! But solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law. (Hebrews 5:11-14, AMP)
Have you ever felt like you have hit a plateau in your spiritual growth? The Christians addressed in this letter had not only stopped growing in Christ, but were starting to fall away. They were allowing their daily struggles to overwhelm them, forgetting all that the Lord had done. A relationship with the Lord and living a life pleasing to Him was never promised to be an easy life. But it is a life that requires dedication and commitment in order to grow. Meditate on, pray over and reflect upon these verses. Do you show daily dedication and commitment to the Lord?