I heard someone say once that being a believer + time does not necessarily equal spiritual maturity. The longer I’ve been a follower of Christ, the more truth I see in that statement.
I believe the writer of Hebrews knew something about that when he wrote:
11 There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong (Heb. 5.11-14 NLT).
Having a good understanding of the rich truths in God’s Word (theology) isn’t about knowledge for the sake of having knowledge. Good theology is important because, properly understood and applied, it gives us the wisdom to live the Christian life well (“to recognize the difference between right and wrong” v. 14). As Paul told Timothy:
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly (1 Tim. 4.7 NLT).
That’s not possible without the right blueprint. Godliness is not determined by our religious activities, but by how much we resemble Christ. If we are going to grow to be like Him, we must know Him, know what life looks like when lived His way, and understand how He deals with His people. We must know and understand basic theology.
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