“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Maturing in Christ

(Please read Hebrews 5:11-14)

November 1

Bible study is not easy for everyone. Even people with good intentions may allow themselves to be intimidated by the idea that the Bible is too deep for them, particularly some of the epistles and prophecies. We can heartily endorse Peter’s observation about the letters of Paul that they include “some things hard to understand” (2 Peter 3:15-16), and probably will agree that the same observation could be made about other parts of the Bible also.

But our text indicates that in God’s eyes the depth and mystery of the Bible do not constitute an excuse for failing to probe it and grow in our understanding of it. This passage makes it clear that God has expectations of his people; sooner or later they are to grow in knowledge of the Bible to the extent that they can teach it to others. A second point is that some of the people addressed here had “progressed” backward, needing to learn some basics again, but that they could reverse course and go forward again to maturity in Christ.

Jesus illustrated the panorama of life as God’s servant with the parable of the talents. We are servants entrusted with responsibilities in the Lord’s kingdom. Spiritually each Christian is somewhere between the green novice who was handed a portion of the kingdom and the experienced veteran who will be called on to tell what he or she has done to increase that portion.

We hope you are continually growing in Christ. If you’re not sure, try some self-examination. And ask the Lord for help in becoming the person he expects you to be.

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