“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.” Hebrews 5:12 NLT
I was talking to a mother who was anxious about letting her son go work a job out of town. This would be his first time leaving the city but he was old enough to live on his own. She had depended on his financial help and wondered if she should let him go. I told her to release him so that he could become a “self-actualized” man.
For this reason a man shall leave his mother and father…there comes a time when we have to grow up! Every tub has to sit on it’s own bottom. We don’t help our children by holding on to them once they become mature enough to know the difference between right and wrong.
In the same way we as Christians must get to a point of being weaned from the elementary things of God. Some of us have been in church or been believers for so long that we should be teaching others. Instead we’ve become professional samplers, moving from church to church sampling the food but never learning how to cook.
How do we grow up?
- Submit yourself to discipleship. Walk with a leader in your church for at least a year and learn from them by doing. Jesus disciples walked with him for three years! They did ministry with him for three years! They graduated and went out to do what they had been taught.
- Shift from consumers to producers. We will be judged by the fruit we produce not the fruit we eat. When you mature you bring something to the table not just show up to eat from the table.
- You make disciples. The full cycle of spiritual maturity is when you produce your own children. Who have you witnessed to about Jesus Christ and brought them into a saving knowledge of who he is? Who have you walked with to show them how to live a Christian life?
It’s time for us to grow up. You can’t grow hopping from church to church. Every time you move you shock your roots and prevent yourself from producing any sustainable fruit in your life. Be still and know! And Grow!
Help us all to grow in full measure. Release my brother and sister so that they can fully mature. There’s more that you want us to do for your Kingdom. Forgive us our sins so that we can teach transgressors your ways. Grow us up until we look like, act like our elder brother Jesus.
In Jesus Name,