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#820 – Growing up in Christ (Hebrews 6:1)

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“Therefore, let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.”
(Hebrews 6:1)

I want us to think about that statement. This exhortation to leave the elementary doctrine of Christ like the basic doctrine of Christ, which obviously is critical and important. It’s foundational for the Christian life understanding who Jesus is, what Jesus has done for us, the gospel, we never get over that. This is basic and foundational. And in a sense we are always remembering and returning to this, but that’s not where we stop. We move on, we go on.

Are you stuck in a rut in the Christian life? God has called us to continue growing in Christ. There is no room for complacency in the life of the Christian.

Hebrews chapter 6:1 says, to maturity. We grow up more and more and more in Christ. I think about something that a group I’m a part of and our church we were talking about the other night. We were talking about how many people live the first year of the Christian life over and over and over again and never really move on from it.

Like there’s just little going on to maturity. We just come back to the same basic truths over and over and we never move beyond that. We never take the time to go deeper than that, to grow in greater knowledge. Deeper intimacy with Christ and greater obedience to Christ. And many people live a Christian life for 20, 30 years but the reality is it’s year one over and over and over again because we never push farther. And I just want to ask you like, is that you? Are you stuck in a rut like that? Maybe it’s year one over and over again. Or maybe move on into year two and you kind of stall there or year three.

But have you moved on? Especially if you follow Christ for many years, like have you moved on to your six and seven and eight and nine, just deeper and deeper knowledge of God. Intimacy with God, joy in God, obedience to God. Year 12, and 13, and 14 and 15 to new depths, new heights, new width, new breadth, in your relationship with God.

Don’t settle for year one over and over again, even if you’re a new follower of Christ. Don’t settle for month one over and over again, or year one and on and on. God has called us to so much more. And you might think, well, I’ve been a Christian for 20, 30 years now. Like what more is there? Oh, there’s tones more. God is infinite in his beauty. 30 years you’ve not even begun to scratch the surface on the beauty of God, on the glory of God. A million years from now in heaven, there will still be more beauty to be discovered in God because his beauty is infinite. So yes, 30 years just the start. 40 years it’s like you’re barely scratching the surface.

So grow deeper, this word in Hebrews chapter six is just beckoning us to go on into greater knowledge of God, experience of God, obedience to God, enjoyment of God. God, we pray for this. I pray for this in my life.

Lord I feel like I have seen so much beauty and so much glory in you, but I realize I’m only getting started and I want to know more. I want to see you more. I want to experience. I want to enjoy you more. I want to walk with you and deeper intimacy, greater obedience, less of me, more of you.

God, I pray for this in my own life, help me to go on to more and more maturity. And God I pray for this in every single person who’s listening to this, who knows you, made a move. God beyond elementary doctrine of Christ may they leave that not to never come back to it, but to stand upon it and just to grow into deeper and deeper and deeper maturity in Christ.

God, I just pray that over everybody’s listening right now. I pray for more maturity. I pray that they would go on into deeper experience of you, enjoyment of your knowledge of you. Obedience to you, usefulness in your kingdom. Effect for your kingdom. God don’t let us live Christian lives for a year or two, much less 20 or 30 years without sharing the gospel and leading others to know you, making disciples who are growing in you. God, please use our lives toward that end. Help us to move on to greater and greater maturity. God, please don’t let us live year one over and over and over and over again. We pray, Hebrews 6:1 that you would help us to go on to maturity and we look forward to all that means. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
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