Verse: Hebrews 6:1-3
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.

What’s the next step for you?

I love how the author of Hebrews encourages us to be “taken forward to maturity.” There is a sense of growth to our faith. We aren’t meant to be static, or to “arrive” in our faith. We are, instead, meant to be always growing. So what is the next step for you in your faith development?

What’s great about this, is it doesn’t matter if you feel like you are a novice, or if you feel like you’ve been at it for years. We all have more that God wants to help us grow in. The danger is that we stagnate. It’s far too easy to just get in a rut, ignore our spiritual development, and assume we are growing because we are alive. That’s not how it works in any area of life.

We have to be intentional. We have to be seeking God. The Bible is rife with exhortations to seek God with all our heart. It is imperative that we don’t just sit back and hope faith will blossom in our lives.

Peter says the same thing in a different way: “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;  and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)

It is possible, if we stagnate in our faith, for it to become ineffective and unproductive. And then what? Then we start to feel far from God, disconnected from his life, and discouraged. We start to wonder where God is, and why we are wrestling with questions, fears, and temptations that we thought we’d already dealt with!

So, what’s the next step for you? What step towards faith growth and development can you make this month that will keep your faith growing?

Jesus I pray that you would help me not to stagnate, but instead, motivate me to grow and to keep taking the next step with you.

Author: Christian Dunn