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.
One of the most important things for a believer is the ability to recognize the difference between right and wrong. What a difference this would make in their lives and in the church as a whole. Without this ability it is unfortunately relatively easy for the enemy to mislead and take advantage of peoples lives, and yet they will think they are justified in the actions they take.
For one to have this skill they must have gone from the milk of the Word to solid food or the meat of the Word. This is where the challenge comes. Paul gives us some great insight into this process in writing to the Corinthian church. Take a look with me.
1 Corinthians 3:2-3
2 I gave you milk to drink. I didn’t give you solid food because you weren’t ready for it. Even now you aren’t ready for it
3 because you’re still influenced by your corrupt nature.
For a believer to get beyond milk and onto solid food they must be able to receive correction from the Word of God. Those who cannot are still more influenced by their old corrupt nature, their feelings and emotions. One is not ready for solid food if they are easily offended by correction through scripture. If they are not humble enough to receive such correction and be submissive to the Word of God, they will only be able to be fed what they want to hear that they like and agree with, the milk of the Word.
Solid food believers do not get offended by correction from the Word and therefore as they grow they become spirit dominated instead of allowing their flesh to dominate them. You must be willing to receive and apply correction to your life to receive the meat of the Word, and be able to recognize the difference between good and evil.