Saturday, 15 August 2020 Hebrews 6:1-12
“… let us press on to maturity...” -Hebrews 6:1
The Bible lays a lot of focus on maturity in Christian life, as immaturity can lead us into various problems. In the reading portion today, the writer of Hebrews is laying down certain important principles that would help every believer to progress in maturity. If we are not pursuing spiritual maturity, we won’t grow and we can slowly slide down the spiritual path to doubt, discouragement and disobedience.
A total falling away from faith is disastrous. It may take a while for this to happen, as God may not immediately condemn and reject anyone but, it is for sure that the path of apostasy is the slow and sure departure from the loving care and protection of God and if we do not correct our lives, it leads to God’s judgment. (Hebrews 6:4-8)
Therefore it is important that we check our lives daily to ensure that we are following the path of maturity for a secure eternity.
The path to maturity in today’s passage can be defined thus:
Start with a proper foundation and always ensure that we are not deviating (Heb 6:1-2) The Word of God shall be the basis of our faith always – it should give us the guidance to lead our lives. We are living in a time when Christian faith is influenced by newer avenues of communication – which many times get to the point of defining our faith! Let it always be the Word of God that holds the last word in our faith basis. It has to become our habit always to be like the Berean Christians to search the Word of God frequently to ensure that any message /teaching is in conformity with the foundations in the Word of God (Acts 17:11).
Trusting in God’s power – be determined to progress (Heb 6:3) When Jonathan had to fight the enemy, he took a bold decision to step forward to show himself to the enemy (1Samuel 14:6). The great success that followed started with that simple beginning!! Take simple steps of growing in the faith.
Be active in the Lord’s service (Heb 6:10) In Joshua 3:7 God spoke to Joshua “This day I will begin to exalt you…” Prior to this we don’t see any prominent role of Joshua, but we could see him faithfully carrying out the duties entrusted to him by Moses. Our service to the Lord’s kingdom shall not be based on the prominence that we may receive, but a committed servant of God is always remembered by God! Hebrews 6:10: “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name….”
Be diligent (Heb 6:11) and relinquish sluggishness (Heb 6:12) A man of God has stated thus: “almost done is not done!!” See what Saul did when asked by God to destroy the Amalekites (1Samuel 15:21-22) God was not pleased with the incomplete work that Saul carried out! He was rejected. Let us show diligence to carry out the Lord’s work in exactly the way He instructed us to do. Any sluggish attitude will not be accepted by God. Paul advised Timothy to fight the good fight! (1Tim.1:18)
Be imitators of faith heroes (Heb 6:12) We are to imitate the pattern of faith and patience of the faith heroes. In times of distress and discouragement, men of God (like Abraham, David etc.) have progressed by trusting in the promises of God— May they become our patterns! –not the so called heroes of this world. Through faith and patience, we inherit God’s promises!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please keep me in the path of maturity that I may not stray away from You or Your Word. In Jesus Name, Amen.