Moving on to Maturity - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Moving on to Maturity

June 30, 2020

Read Hebrews 5:12-6:1a (ESV)

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Therefore, let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity…”


Reflect

Think back to the early days of your faith. Have you grown in your understanding and faith in Christ? What can you do to continue to grow towards maturity and a more complete understanding of the Christian faith?

We have a newborn at our house. And like all newborns, he requires a lot of milk. And only milk. My older two children keep asking if he can have a hot dog or if he can eat a pancake. I have to constantly remind them that the baby can only drink milk. He isn’t ready for solid food yet.

We all start out as babies in life and in faith. When you first accept Christ, you are a baby believer. You require spiritual “milk” or the elementary principles of Christ. Just the basics. You are just starting out. And those basics are really important for your spiritual health.

But babies do not stay babies. They grow and mature. We should continue to grow and mature spiritually as well.

The author of Hebrews admonished the Jewish Christians for their lack of spiritual growth. They should have been able to teach others, but instead, they were stuck in the basics of the faith. They should have progressed in their spiritual understanding by now, but they still weren’t ready for solid spiritual food.

Like the early Christians addressed in Hebrews, we need to move beyond the milk. How do you grow up in the faith and go deeper in your understanding and relationship with Christ? The answer found in Hebrews is “training” and “constant practice.” Spending daily time in Scripture and in prayer is critical for spiritual growth.

In Ephesians 4: 11-14, Paul also encourages believers to be connected with the body of Christ in order to grow in maturity. We need to learn from each other. He says church leadership has been given to us to equip us for our own ministries so that we can build up the body of Christ.

You see, spiritual growth isn’t just about you and your personal relationship with Christ. It’s also about building up the body of Christ.


Pray

Lord, I want to know you more. Help me to continue to become more like You so that you can use me to build up your church. Amen.

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This will pit me on track to move closer to Jesus than I was yesterday, amen!
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DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE HELP ME BE LIKE YOU;AND TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR CHURCH;WHICH ONE IS TRULY YOUR CHURCH;THANKYOUJE$U$!@1
Amen!! Definitely need this today
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Thank you for your daily encouragement
Thank you for your daily encouragement
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In JESUS mighty name... i pray, amen!
Thank you for this guidance/ encouragement on Moving on to Maturity in my Christian walk with God. On my journey I have discovered that I need mentors, prayers, small groups, encouragement the help of the Holy Spirit and alone time in the Word to hear from God. This journey is a process, and I thankful to God for all person He brought alongside me to help me grow and mature. In turn I want to help others in the same way. Please pray for me! Lord, here I am, use me to make a difference in someone's journey with You.
That is a good passage of Scipture on progressive sanctification when put into practice thank you.
Please pray for me, a mature Christian , as God has guided me into leading a Christian pregnancy center. I feel so inadequate at times and need His guidance
A Christian can never say, " finally, I have attained. I am now like Jesus." This is a daily process, and as the devotional says, it's spending time in the Word, studying, praying and meditating. So many times I've fallen short.
As I mature in a relationship with Jesus I have learned that I cannot do anything without him. And with him I can do all things because he is God and lives in me. Praise you Lord Jesus. Amen
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Lord, please help us to grow in intimacy with You. Help us to move on in maturity by reading Your Word daily. Please let us help others to grow to maturity. Amen
I want to be more like Chist