“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”.
1 Pet 2:2
When the angel of God appeared to Mary, telling her that she would give birth to a son, her response was: “How can these things be?” The angel took out time to explain everything to Mary. When Zechariah received a similar message for his family, he also responded in a similar way. But the angel did not respond in the same way to Zechariah; that encounter left him mute.
There must have been several reasons for this. Zechariah had been praying for a child, Mary had not. Mary knew no man, Zechariah had been married for years. However, another reason I believe that Zechariah’s response was seen as insubordination on the part of the angel, was the fact that Zechariah was a prophet. He ought to have known better. He was familiar with the story of Abraham and Sarah, and how God gave them a child in their old age. This must have been why God handled him that way.
Many times in scripture, we see God deal with people based on their level of exposure to spiritual things. The reason you attend church is so you can grow in knowledge; it doesn’t add up if you’ve been in church for years and still are not established in some basic truths. There are some questions non-church members would ask me, and I won’t mind at all. But if I hear such questions from a church member or worker, I’d be very concerned, because they ought to know some fundamental things if they’ve been paying attention in church.
Church is a spiritual school. Our gathering together in fellowship should be effectual in helping us understand our inheritance in Christ. We don’t just go to church to mark attendance; there should be obvious, considerable progress, and joy in the faith.
When Jesus was arrested and Peter tried to hide himself, he couldn’t. Even a slave girl pointed him out saying: “Your speech betrays you.” If you are not growing, it’s either of two things; you’re doing something wrong, or you’re attending the wrong church.