This week we are in “Boot Camp: Basic Training for Christ.” Sometimes we can get so caught up in “advanced things” that we forget about basic things. When this happens to an athlete and the result is nearly always a slump. And nearly always the coach tells a player in a slump, “Get back to the basics.” But athletics isn’t the only place this can be applied.
The past couple of years, camp has gotten pretty “deep” and, well, “meaty.” This week we are focusing on some basic principles with regard to our faith. Many times our faith begins to wavier because we don’t have a solid foundation of the basics. That’s what this week at camp is about.
The writer of Hebrews writes in Hebrews 5:11-14:
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
The problem the Hebrews had was that they had not been “properly fed” when they were young Christians. As a result, they had not grown spiritually like they should have. So the writer says, “Take a break from the steak and potatoes and get back to a diet of milk.”
Don’t misunderstand, they didn’t need to stay on the “milk diet” for very long. But they needed the milk (basics), so they could mature and move on to solid food.
So this week we’re getting our “milk mustaches” on and learning/being reminded of some of the basic principles of the faith.