We recently got a new computer. It’s nice to have, but along with “new” came a different e-mail program. My knowledge and use of the previous e-mail was elementary at best. I knew how to write, send, receive, forward and not much else. It is no different with the newer version. Of course that is my doing, or should I say, un-doing. All I need to fully understand and use my e-mail to capacity is read and study the directions. But I don’t bother, the basics get me by. I know just enough. When my wife asks how to use e-mail I show her how to write, send, receive, forward and not much else.
Sound familiar? It probably should in most Christian circles. Don’t we often treat God’s word in the same way? We know just enough to “be saved” and not much else. When asked we can maybe tell others just enough as well. A few basics is sufficient, right? See Jane run. Cat is spelled c-a-t. Two plus two is four. You know, elementary stuff?
The writer of Hebrews speaks to this referring to the elementary principles of Christ. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (5:12-14)
We begin as newborn babes feasting on the milk of the word that we grow thereby. (I Peter 2:2) Then we are to continue on and partake of the solid food of the word and grow up to full age. We need to be child-like in spirit yet mature in the knowledge and understanding of God’s word. That way we can teach others and help them to grow up in the Lord.
The apostle Paul says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim 2:15) Does that describe us or are we still reading about Jane, spelling cat, and figuring out that two apples and two more apples makes four apples? You know, elementary stuff?