Very sadly most Christians in the West are stuck where they started. Stuck in immaturity. In Hebrews 5 we find v. 12 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. How many teachers, real teachers of the Word do we have? Few indeed. Most who name the name of Christian are still on milk, never having got onto solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
There's a very pertinent and dreadful reason for this and it's not entirely the fault of all the immature babies out there: they've been fed only baby food, milk alone, by their pastors - who are also not truly mature in Christ. And that's one major reason that Christianity in the West is at such a low ebb, with results that go right through our societies, in business, in government and more.
Let me give you a tangible example. The lyrics of Christian music of today are largely froth and bubble. God says clearly in the NT we are to up-build each other, feed each other from His Word, help equip each other, EDIFY each other. Christian music mostly fails to do ALL of this. It's just entertainment. If you say, "But it makes me feel good," is that in your emotions or deep in your heart and mind and spirit with God Himself?
Feeling good is not what living as a true and serious Christian is about at all. It's about growing towards maturity as a Believer in Christ. It's about getting OFF milk, and onto MEAT. It's about learning how to OBEY God to become more holy in your life and to grow in righteousness. Those Believers in the world being persecuted may not be feeling all that good humanly-speaking, but each day that they ENDURE they feel - and are becoming - more Godly!! - i.e., GOD always trumps (feeling) good!!
The Christian life was never intended to be a stroll in the park, but to make you more like Jesus and to ready you for eternity. Live as a baby if you will, and lose most of your REWARD in heaven, maybe for all of eternity. Or daily walk the narrow road - which is not easy, but the REWARD is great indeed!! Messages I've written here WILL edify you and enable you to daily walk that road. PLEASE USE THEM!!
May He mightily edify you as you do!!
- BM, with his Lady