21 Days of Prayer, Day 11
What if you repeated kindergarten each year? Not because of any lack of ability or capacity, just lack of desire and willingness to progress? Think about all of the missed opportunities for reading, study, understanding more advanced math, the ability to write out an argument and to understand the world better?
Now imagine your own spiritual maturity stopped in “Christian kindergarten”? This seems to be the problem with one early group of Christians to whom the New Testament letter Hebrews was written. At one point, the author calls them out for their lack of progress in following Jesus:
“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 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” (Hebrews 5:11-12).
Kindergarten can provide a foundation of schooling. The point of a foundation is to build upon it not to endlessly repeat it. The passage continues in this thought: “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God” (Hebrews 6:1).
This concept of faith throughout Hebrews includes belief but also as trust and obedience. We believe that God is real. We believe that Jesus has made a way to be saved. Furthermore, we trust him and follow him. Our faith leads us somewhere.
At the start of this new year, take a moment and reflect on your own progress in following Jesus.
- Over the past year, has your faith in Jesus grown?
- Have you experienced changes through his work in your life?
- Has God used you to teach others what it means to follow Jesus?
We come to God, just as we are. It is good news that we don’t have to work to make ourselves right with God but Jesus died to save sinners like us. The good news also includes the fact that God takes us on a journey; he doesn’t just leave us as the same sinners we were.
This year, will you repeat the same spiritual “grade” as last year, or by God’s grace, will you move up? After all, kindergarten is fun, but not when you’re thirty.
- For clarity and courage to follow Jesus this year.
- For people in your life that will encourage your growth.
- For opportunities to teach someone else who is a step behind you in his or her own faith journey.