Hebrews 5:12-6:1, For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.
2 Peter 3:18, But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
While most of us would readily admit growing in Christ is the will of God, if we aren’t careful, some times we just stop growing. And, if we are going to grow, we are going to have to spend time in the word of God, spend time sitting at the feet of Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the changes that need to be made.
When it comes to loving, learning and living the Bible—especially the “meat” of the word—MATURITY matters. The question is, “DO I WANT TO GROW?” “AM I WILLING TO CHANGE?” or “AM I SATISFIED WITH MY PRESENT SPIRITUAL CONDITION?”
I think most of us want to be used by God to make a difference in the lives of others. I think most of us want God to use us to change others. I am convinced most of us want God to continue to use us to change others. If so, it would be good to keep in mind:
God has to CHANGE ME before He uses me to CHANGE OTHERS. And, He has to continue to CHANGE ME, if He is going to continue to use me to CHANGE OTHERS!
Romans 12:1-2, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed [CHANGED] by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
A Few Important Questions Worth Pondering:
- Am I still growing in my love and service for Christ or have plateaued in my Christian experience?
- Am I changing, or am I stuck in a spiritual rut? If not, why?
- Am I a little bit more like Jesus today than I was yesterday? If not, what’s holding me back?