Note: Today’s bible reading is Hebrews 5.
It’s almost March. That means a few things. If you live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it means that spring and winter are in an epic death match to see who gets to call the temperature on any given day. If you’re in a normal climate, it probably means that spring is not too far away. If you’re a student, school is officially overwhelming by this point in the semester. Your wife’s birthday is right around the corner…wait that’s just me. Here’s one thing it means for almost everyone: All the cheery bliss that you had about 2017 on January 1st has started to fade. You’ve realized that you are still human and the world is still fallen. All those lofty New Years resolutions have started to show the tale tale cracks of dreams that will soon crumble.
So lets do a quick check up. How are you? I’m not talking about your goal to become a millionaire this year, I mean you. Are you growing in your faith? Is your taste for the things of God stronger than it was a year ago? Have you become settled with the status quo of shallow bible knowledge and shallow faith? I’m not just here to call you out. I’m here to confess. I have a terrible tendency of depending on past growth and dreaming about future growth but somehow missing daily growth with God. I have just two points I want you to think about this morning related to growth.
First, I want you to be straight forward about this fact: God desires/expects/demands that you grow. In his grace, he has given you himself and his Word. We are to grow in them. Hebrews says it like this:
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 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, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
There is a maturing that is to happen in a Christian’s life, but this isn’t some awful burden! This is God saying, I want you to grow in your knowledge of me, to grow in knowing what I desire and what is good for you as a child of my Kingdom. What a blessing! Are we embracing it? Note in vs 14 the words “trained” and “practice.” Certainly God provides our growth, but we are active participants in our maturing.
Second, I want you to remember that you grow under grace. You can be honest about where you are immature because your relationship is not based on your maturity but on Jesus’ perfection. He invites you to more and more grace, more and more understanding, more and more holiness. We don’t hide the immature places in our lives that need to grow, we ask God for more grace and he is pleased to give it generously.
Stay the course brothers and sisters. Continue in the hard work of knowing your bibles and knowing your God. Continue in the grace he gives so freely in the cross.