Hebrews 6:1 (NET) Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again: repentance from dead works and faith in God
After Gbenga believed in the Lord Jesus, he attended a church where all they taught were elementary things about the faith. After being in that fellowship for years, Gbenga did not grow into maturity but he did not know this. He came in contact with a brother in his office who was more spiritually mature than him. As they became closer and he started reading the books and listening to the sermons that this brother was listening to, he observed that he became more mature spiritually and God could now hand him more kingdom responsibility.
Before, because of spiritual infancy, he believed that God existed only to meet his needs and fight his battles, but as he became more mature because of the teachings he was now exposed to, he realized that God had expectations for him that he had to complete if his life would be considered fruitful in the kingdom.
From today’s Bible verse, we can learn that the level of instructions about Christ that you receive is what determines your maturity. If all you know are elementary instructions, you will remain a baby who is not mature. But the right order is that after receiving and understanding the elementary instructions, you are to move on to receiving instructions that make one mature or perfect. You don’t grow beyond the instructions(level of doctrine) you receive.
God cannot use spiritual babies to do very serious kingdom work. Some major differences between a baby and a fully built(mature) man are strength, endurance, and the ability to take responsibility. The gates of hell cannot be brought down by a baby church that has not yet been built up. Jesus says I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Go into today remembering that it is the built-up believer or church that will be able to withstand and resist the gates of hell. It is the built-up believer that would be able to do fruitful kingdom work which is the basis for receiving our eternal rewards in the kingdom of God (see Revelation 22:12).
Prayer: Lord, help me grow into maturity. Lead me to teachings that will help me grow into maturity, In Jesus name. Amen.
— Abraham Dami Arigi
Yearly Bible: Proverbs 3(In Today’s Audio)
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