Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hebrews 6:1-12

Boy, today's reading, right off the bat, strikes me right between the eyes. It is a wake up call to us all.

"Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, ..." (verse 1). Certainly basic, or elementary, teachings about Christ and Christianity are extremely important for all of us to understand. These include why Jesus came into the world, the significance of his death and resurrection, and his promise of eternal life. The author of Hebrews calls us to go beyond, not away, from the elementary teachings into a deeper understanding of Christianity.

But how does one obtain a more mature understanding of Christianity? I submit that one must go beyond half hearted commitment. Go beyond simply attending church on Sunday and participating in the corporate worship. One must walk the talk and begin to live a life modeled after the teachings of Christ.

To help one become a more mature Christian, begin in prayer. Ask God to open your heart to his will. Ask him to help you develop a deeper relationship with him. God will lead you to actions that will transform you into a more mature Christian. In addition, read the Bible. Read the way Christ lived his life. Read about the way Jesus interacted with and treated other people.

Before I got involved in mission trips, I asked God to help me ascertain how I could move into a more mature relationship with him. It was clear to me that this is what God wanted me to do. However, the journey into a more mature relationship with God is never ending. I continue to ask God to help my relationship with him become even deeper. He continues to talk to me and lead me in new and wonderful experiences.

Seek that deeper, more mature, relationship with God. He will answer you. He longs for the relationship too.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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