Adult classes are being offered to millennials who somehow missed learning some of life’s basic skills. Folding a fitted sheet is perhaps one of the less important ones. At least I would like to think so as I am not so good at it! These classes include sewing, cooking, check writing, laundry and cleaning, writing resumes, and managing relationships. What used to be taught through high school classes or passed on by family members is now often taught through seminars and conferences.
Today’s verse tells us there are levels of spiritual maturity as well. Those believers who have finished with “milk” and have progressed to solid food are those who are experienced and skilled in living righteously. Those who still need milk are those believers who are “not acquainted” with righteousness (vs 13). Spiritual maturity then has little to do with church attendance or even how many years one has been a believer. Spiritual maturity has to do with distinguishing between good and evil. This discernment comes through training by constant use of God’s Word.
Isn’t it clear what is good and what is evil? Don’t I recognize the difference? When I am relying on my own reason and logic I can be deceived. Between changing norms and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes (Proverbs 21:2) the lines can be blurred. Somehow, good does not seem so good or evil so very evil (Isaiah 5:20). Satan is a master of deception and I am pretty good at rationalizing my behavior. How thankful I am that He is holy and His standards unchanging….and that He forgives me!
Lord, grow me up today. Help me recognize even the smallest nuance of evil.