What does it mean to become mature in my faith?
What does it take to move beyond the basics of truth and begin to understand the mysteries?
The writer of Hebrews talks to us about those who have been believers for a long time and should be teaching others but who still need someone to teach them and remind them basic things about God’s truth. “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. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5: 12 – 14.
I don’t want to be a spiritual baby.
My goal is to continue to mature in my faith – growing more like Jesus each year. To make this happen, I realized I had to open my mind and let God change me from the inside out. I have begun to let God write his Truth on my heart which has altered the list of things I love along with how I spend my time and resources. His truth has been etched on my mind through memorization and the Holy Spirit uses this truth to transform my thinking.
Through time and study and perseverance, I have come to understand the basics and been able to move on to the more complicated aspects of God’s truth. And I’ve been able to share with others the truth I have learned.
I’ve been convicted by the knowledge that, at some point, those of us who are studying God’s truth regularly need to ‘get it’. It has to move from something we know to something we live out – daily. Otherwise we stay babies, being taught the basics over and over but never really letting the change begin.
We need to stop talking about the transforming power of God and let it happen to us –
let him in –
let him grow us –
change us –
so we can become mature.
Thank you, Abba Father, for your transforming power in our lives.