One thing that can hinder spiritual growth is failing to believe you are righteous. Hebrews 5:13 says: “For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.”
Our spiritual growth is compared to the growth of a person who by now should be an adult but is an infant. Think about the picture that is being painted for us in this Scripture. If a 3-month- old is drinking mama’s milk, that is adorable. But, if a 13-year- old is drinking mama’s milk, that is weird! Yet, many Christians are unaware that they are stunted and acting just like that 13-year- old.
Unless we have received a very clear teaching that we are righteous and have embraced that truth by faith, it is impossible for us to fully mature in our spiritual lives. There is a spiritual ceiling looming over us that we will never be able to break through until we are convinced we are righteous.
To be clear, this righteousness is our identity in Christ. It’s who we are in the core of our being. It’s who we are in our spirit. It’s the essence of who we are as children of God.
This Scripture is not saying to us that we will not sin or live a perfectly righteous life. We will not. We will sin as long as we live on this earth. I will say, however, that in my many years of teaching these truths, I’ve watched numerous Christians progressively live a more righteous life.
Excerpt from God’s Best-Kept Secret. Copyright 2017 by Mark Maulding. Published by Baker, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Used by permission.
For many of us, the attempt to live for God can leave us feeling burdened rather than free. Yet that’s not the kind of life God intends for us to experience. What if he never meant for us to try so hard? What if overcoming sin doesn’t rely on our own self-control? What if loving others isn’t about saying and doing all the right things? What if we could feel closer to God without doing anything?