Wednesday, August 05Growing Up Spiritually
Hebrews 6:1-2; Philippians 3:13
Hebrews 6:1-2 "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."
God wants us to keep making progress until we come to maturity. In Hebrews 6:1-2, the word shows us that in Christ Jesus there are elementary doctrines, and God expects us to move on from these unto maturity. See what Paul said in Hebrews 5:12 AMP "For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God's Word. You have come to need milk, not solid food."" He was telling them in other words that at the time of his writing to them, he expected them to have grown to a point where they were the ones teaching others, but sadly he said they still needed someone to teach them the first or elementary principles of God’s word.
Beloved, this is telling us something very important, that there are some things in life and in our walk with the Lord, that we must outgrow and leave behind. You must put those things behind you and never let them catch up with you, and then you must aim for better things.
The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14 "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."" He was constantly moving forward, putting some things behind him and pressing ahead to higher things. This is God’s desire for all His children. How long should a believer remain a babe? Struggling with the lusts of the flesh, struggling with unforgiveness and malice? Why should a believer keep struggling with slothfulness and lukewarmness; rising up today, only to fall tomorrow, and always needing forgiveness of sin? It’s time to pace up and grow up unto maturity. Scripture talks about us growing up into Him, Christ Jesus, in all things (Ephesians 4:15)
Other Scriptures for Meditation: 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; 1 Corinthians 13:9-11
My Solid Front (Confession)
I declare in the Name of Jesus Christ that I am growing unto maturity. I put away childish things and I reach ahead to higher things in God. Amen.