Perfection and Maturity
In Hebrews 5:11-6:10, Paul is chastising the Hebrew people for remaining like infants in their faith. He says they should already be mature and to the point of teaching others; instead they are slow to learn and have to be taught themselves again.
Paul also tells his readers they must take the initiative to move on in faith past the basic teachings, that they must try to grow. He compares them to the ground that receives the rain and then produces useful crops—these crops are blessed by God.
He also tells them to remember that God is not unjust and God will always be aware of the work and love shown in service in God’s name. If we remain faithful and work hard, then we can be assured of the promise of God.
By working toward perfection and maturity we are better able to serve God. Striving for perfect maturity also gives us a more thorough understanding of our roles as Christians. As anyone who has ever taught anything knows, a person does not fully know something until they successfully teaches it to another. Perhaps, this is the best way for us to comprehend God’s love for us—by teaching others.
—George and Linda Howton
- What are some ways we can fulfill our potential as Christians? What would make you more willing to fulfill that potential?
- What does Paul say will happen to those who do not strive for perfection and maturity?
- What is promised to those who remain diligent and faithful?
- Why are we sometimes slow to learn? Why do many adults feel they do not have to learn anymore?
How Do I Act?
- List reasons that keep us from reaching our full potential. What are some activities that we could use to help us reach our potential?
- Reflect on any new classes you have taken or concepts you have learned in the last year. Plan to take a class or attend some continuing educational events at your work or church. It is important to continue to challenge ourselves.
- Begin either taking a meditation class or doing meditation on the scriptures. Set aside time for this on a daily basis. Prepare yourself as you would before exercising or going to church. Put on the right clothes, prepare your mind, and pay attention to your environment before you begin.
- Ask your pastor to begin an intense Bible study program for the church such as the Kerygma Bible series. As it is important to prepare yourself vocation-wise, it is also important to prepare yourself avocation-wise.