Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.”
How do you respond to the challenge of moving from elementary teachings to maturity in Christ? Growing to maturity is a natural desire for most people, but are Christians being effectively challenged and trained to move to maturity in their faith? Pastors can teach great spiritual truths, but is this effectively taking followers of Christ to spiritual maturity? Ultimately each follower of Christ must be responsible for moving to maturity in Christ.
Before you begin moving towards maturity in Christ, it would be good to define what it looks like. Hebrews 5:14 defines it as living out the faith: “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Maturity in Christ allows the Holy Spirit to take God’s truths to action. You cannot become an airplane pilot until you move from flight training and education to flying a plane. I believe one of the primary reasons graduating high school students so frequently leave the faith and adults listlessly live out the Christian life is due to a lack of fruitfulness from not allowing God to live out His truths in their lives. Colossians 1:10-12 challenges us on how to live fruitfully: “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father.” Just as a pie remains unmade (unfruitful) unless you mix and cook the ingredients, so a Christian will experience little of Christ unless he/she steps out in faith by obeying what God is putting in his/her heart.
Today you learned about maturity. Apply this teaching today by doing something about it! Allow your relationship in Christ to be as described in Hebrews 5:12-13: “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” I challenge you to move to solid food that can take you to maturity as you combine truth and obedience to God’s leadings. Commit today to challenge yourself to adopt this simple habit: Each time you read the Bible, hear Biblical truths, attend church, or study the Bible, make one application of what God convicts you of most. Pray into God making it happen and then do it! This habit will not only allow God to transform your life, but it will also produce a bountiful harvest for the kingdom of God!
John 14:21 “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him."
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