“This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.'” Jeremiah 6:16
We Lutherans believe that we do not choose salvation; God chooses us. However, we can choose how and whether we’re going to progress in our Christian walk. We can stay at a very basic, elementary level in our understanding and faith; or we can grow into a greater knowledge and understanding of God’s ways and His will for us. The way is marked out for us — we have the Holy Scriptures and we have the example of Jesus Christ. We can study and learn, attend worship regularly and pray; or we can be content to just coast along. According to the prophet, Jeremiah, in the verse above, the “good way,” the way God desires for us will bring rest for our souls. Too often, though, we refuse to walk in it. We’re busy. We want worldly success. We want to use our free time to amuse ourselves. This is the easier way, but it doesn’t lead to maturity or bring true peace.
The unknown author of Hebrews chides his readers this way:
“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, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14
The choice is yours — will it be milk or meat?