Grow Up

shutterstock_109473368“So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.” Hebrews 6:1a NLT

Warren Wiersbe once said, “After over forty years of ministry, I am convinced that spiritual immaturity is the number one problem in our churches.” Sadly, I have to agree with him. In today’s society, more and more Christians are abandoning their spiritual growth to churches and pastors, believing that hearing God’s Word on Sundays is enough to get them through the week.

In the passage above, the writer of Hebrews charges believers to “stop going over the basics” of their faith. This does not mean to forget the foundational teachings of Christ, but rather, to build upon them. To become mature means we begin to seek to know God deeply; we strive to know His nature and earnestly desire to know His Word so we can model our lives after it.

So what is the first step to mature faith? You must desire mature faith. Like any new toy or electronic, you must first have a desire to use it before you will actually put in the time to learn how to use it. Did you catch that?  If you are going to attain spiritual maturity, you must want it. So there’s the question: do you want mature faith? Because God wants mature faith for you!
If you are a Christian, growth should be your goal. Maturity is mandatory for every child of God. Because when a Christian stops growing, he starts backsliding; you never stay the same. Start a journey to grow in Christ this week. Spend at least 15 minutes in the Bible every day. If you really desire maturity, the Lord will encourage you to achieve it.

–James Merritt

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