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Clues to Growing Spiritually

Published 2/28/20

Read Hebrews 6:1-2

“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”

Reflect

What does it mean to “go on to maturity”?

What helps you to grow spiritually? And for that matter, exactly what does it mean? For some clues, we could break out a dictionary or a guide to theological terms … or even spend some time reading through random comments that pop up on a Google search. Chances are we’d be more confused than we were before.

Recent studies suggest that many Christians and pastors have difficulty defining spiritual growth and maturity. So, it’s not surprising to find that the definitions among adults from various faith backgrounds are wildly diverse.
Salvation is the single most important decision we’ll ever make in our lives, and living and growing in Christ is the daily pursuit of a forgiven life. His grace is free. But as we acknowledge our brokenness we allow God to work in our hearts on a deeper level than we ever imagined. He moves right into our hurts, hopes, bitterness, love, selfishness, mistakes, desires—name the issue and Christ is going to work in that part of our life. Consider this: He is the only one who truly knows our private thoughts and struggles.

Isn’t it awe-inspiring that He is the only one who can deliver us?

No wonder it’s so hard to define spiritual growth and maturity. With all of the possible combinations of baggage we carry around, each one of our personal journeys will be specific to each one of us. Our growth and maturity involves a journey—a transformational process. And it’s a vital part of living out our salvation.

While salvation is absolutely necessary, it is also just the beginning of living a life of freedom. We rarely know what we are getting into when we ask Christ to examine our hearts and deliver us from our own weaknesses. But it is a necessary process if we truly seek a life of holiness.

One thing’s for certain: It won’t be easy.

Pray

Lord, thank you for guiding me, teaching me, and moving me on to maturity. Amen.


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2 years ago
I like the example as if we are starting at elementary level but the more we study the word of God. We putting all our trust in jesus and living by his words. We are growing stronger in Faith and spiritually the more mature we will become. I'm so thankful God is in my life showing me the paths to take
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2 years ago
I like what Larry said: “As we grow, the smaller we get the bigger Jesus gets.”...a very profound statement!
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2 years ago
The only way we grow in Our Lord and Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
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2 years ago
One of the best ways I've ever seen someone describe the growth that happens in Christ for each one of us it is different it is unique for the scripture says that he forms are heart individually well done thank you I will probably constantly read and reread that I might be able to teach others as well the blessings of the Lord upon you
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2 years ago
I honestly don't completely understand this verse. Perhaps someone here can explain it in simple terms?

Read Hebrews 6:1-2
“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”

What it sounds like is that we should stop focusing on everything past the word 'elementary'.
Is that that it means?
Why would we do that?
What should we then focus on?

JM
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2 years ago
To me, this says at the beginning of my faith walk, I’m learning simple things. Understanding simple things. But we grow in our faith by moving in to meatier things to learn and understand. I liken it to math: you understand basic math and move on to pre-algebra, then algebra I, then algebra II, etc. I don’t continue to stay in basic math. Once I get it, I move onto something deeper. Ask God to show you what you can study next to grow your next stretch of faith!
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2 years ago
It is to grow daily. Reading His Word mediating witness praying sharing
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