Saturday, April 6, 2019

Hebrews 5-6~ Day 96~ Have I matured?

I know when my body matured; I went through puberty.  I know when my knowledge in health matured;  I graduated from school and passed the State Boards.  But....how does one know they have matured spiritually?  Well, the writer of Hebrews laid it out in today's reading.  Like puberty, there are obvious signs!
Let's start with the first he listed,
  • Have you graduated to teaching the gospel or are you still sitting in the pew, struggling with the basics?   
Ouch!  That can be convicting....isn't that a gift that only certain Christians have, the gift of teaching (Rom. 12:7)?  Couldn't I use that as a cop out to not teach?  According to the writer of Hebrews, the answer is, no.  Teaching is not exclusive to those with the "gift".  He is addressing all the Hebrews hearing this letter.  "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." (5:12). I do like how he clarified what type of teacher we can all be.  Every Christian should be able to teach the elementary truths!!  No special gift required!  Similarly, all Christians are expected to have faith and hospitality (Rom 12:13).  Yes, there are some that have "the gift", who excel in certain areas due to the Holy Spirit using them to edify the body.  But, that doesn't let the rest of us off the hook for ever displaying those traits.
Case in point, the writer of Hebrews tells us it's a sign of maturity that we teach and move away from struggling with basic Christian principles!
Here's a thought, if you need practice teaching the basics, maybe you want to volunteer in teaching Sunday school at your church!😉

So, what else did the writer list?
  • Are you constantly learning more Biblical truths (5:14) so distinguishing good from evil comes naturally?  (I think you are doing that, since you are reading along with this reading plan everyday!) 
  • Do you help God's people or have you become lazy in your faith? (6:10)
Soooo,  those are the "tell-tale" signs of spiritual maturity! We may not go through a graduation ceremony, or have physical changes that others can see when we become "mature " in our faith, but there are clear indicators.
The question is for me, and all Christians, do I see those traits in my life,....have I matured?🤔

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