DAY 17, PURSUE GOD UNTIL MATURITY IN CHRIST COMES

Scriptural Text

Hebrews 5:11 – 6:3 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.  1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, …. 3 And this we will do if God permits.

Luke 10:20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

Exposition

Trained by Constant Use

A mature disciple has been trained by “constant practice” of the disciplines of a genuine follower of Christ.  Often that training comes from a person committed to intentional life-to-life discipleship as God uses all the means of grace to mature us: preaching, teaching, training, community, and more –all in the context of church fellowship.  The church is in need of men and women who “have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”  The discernment that God’s will is good, that our destiny is to be with Jesus in his heaven, and that life with Jesus has already begun is the starting point of seeking his will. These are disciples who can take in solid food from God’s Word.

“Worldliness is not the trap that most endangers us as Christian workers; nor is it sin. The trap we fall into is extravagantly desiring spiritual success; that is, success measured by, and patterned after, the form set by this religious age in which we now live. Never seek after anything other than the approval of God, and always be willing to go “outside the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:13). In Luke 10:20, Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice (only) in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have a commercialized view— we count how many souls have been saved and sanctified, we thank God, and then we think everything is all right. Yet our work only begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation. Our work is not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace, and our work as His disciples is to disciple others’ lives until they are totally yielded to God. … As workers for God, we must reproduce our own kind spiritually, and those lives will be God’s testimony to us as His workers. God brings us up to a standard of life through His grace, and we are responsible for reproducing that same standard in others.

…Whenever our Lord talked about discipleship, He always prefaced His words with an “if,” never with the forceful or dogmatic statement— “You must.” Discipleship carries with it an option.  Men pour themselves into their creeds, and God has to blast them out of their prejudices before they can become devoted to Jesus Christ.” Oswald Chambers

Application

Start small: Begin daily time with Christ. Run Deep: Learn sound doctrine.  Plan Big: Expect much from God as you pursue him earnestly toward maturity.