Today’s Reading: Hebrews 5:1-14
There are areas in which we all have grown. We all learn and improve and mature, at least to some extent. We all learn and grow. We have to if we’re going to survive.
Hebrews 6:1 (NLT) – So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. It is God’s desire that we don’t remain infants in the faith. He wants us to grow, to learn, to improve, to mature.
The story is told about an old American Indian who attended a church service one Sunday morning. The preacher’s message lacked real spiritual food, so he did a lot of shouting and pulpit pounding to cover up his lack of preparation. In fact, as it is sometimes said, he “preached up quite a storm.” After the service, someone asked the Indian, who was a Christian, what he thought of the minister’s message. Thinking for a moment, he summed up his opinion in six words: “High wind. Big thunder. No rain.” Yes, when the Scriptures are neglected, there is “no rain.” Only when preaching is based on God’s Word and His people are challenged to respond and be responsible to that Word are they blessed and refreshed.
Excitement, feeling good, even entertainment can certainly be a part of our experience as a Christian, but it must not be a substitute for spiritual maturity.
While there is an appropriate time to be immature as a Christian, we must not stay in such a state. If we had our Children never physically mature after several years after their birth we would take them to a doctor to see what is wrong, if our children never matured emotionally we would take them to a counselor, why is it we will ignore the lack of spiritual maturity in our lives?