(Hebrews 6:1-12) In this passage of Hebrews the people were being warned about not growing spiritually beyond their infancy as Christians. There is so much that God wants to teach us in life, more than we probably can even experience. If we are not seeking to learning more from God daily we’ll become stale Christians. We are even warned that if we stay too long in the infant stage of our faith in Christ, we risk the danger of falling back to where we came from. It is only through a maturing of our spiritual life that we can learn deeper and more profound things from God.
We can only learn what we are prepared to learn. I’ve seen at times where there have been very young Christians that don’t seem to be following God’s instruction in some area of their life. If their faith is in it’s infancy then they are still too close to their lives without Christ. They have perhaps not been seeking to grow beyond their infancy. Once they see the need to dig deeper, and grow in God’s truth, He will be able to change their lives even more.
I think as Christians we ought to come along side those that are in their infancy and spur them on toward deeper knowledge and truth of God. When they can come to have a deep longing and desire after God, then they will be at a safe distance from the edge of their infant faith.
(1 Corinthians 12:1-31) That title might seem very odd, but it comes from the very passages in Corinthians as Paul talks about the body of Christ. The part that struck me most, is how some in a church feel no need to use the gifts God has given them to serve in the church. Even now, as I think about my own stepping back from some of my service at my church, I am concerned that I’m failing in being apart of the body. I do however think that being apart of the body of Christ is beyond the church local as we would typically think of church. I serve also with my gifts at my work place, which is also a place of ministry.
It would seem that it can be easily thought that if someone is not taking part in service in the church they attend that they are somehow wasting their God-given gifts, and not following the command of using those gifts as a part of the body of Christ. This would be a judgmental, and short-sided, failure if we are to do so without looking at how God is using them even outside of the local church. I think even I myself have gotten caught up in thinking that I was somehow failing if I wasn’t serving in some capacity in the local church.
We are brought back to what does it really mean to be apart of the body of Christ. The body of Christ encompasses the church global, meaning all followers of Christ through the world. That includes those in ministry outside of the typical local church. I have come to desire over the past many months, to have my fiath lived out daily as a part of the global church. I don’t want my spiritual walk to be limited to the doors of my local church building. As fellow believers we must step outside those walls of the church building and take and active role in this world. If we look at Christ’s example, He was not sticking to preaching in synagogues, His place of teaching was wherever a group gathered to hear from Him.
I truly pray that as believers in Christ, we are able to look outside of the comfort of our church buildings, and seek to reach those outside those walls. We are called to use our gifts for God’s purpose in the greater church body.
(Ezekiel 2:1-10) What was Ezekiel called to do? He was called to something very difficult for sure. I believe we are also called upon this very difficult task. The task is sharing God’s truth to those that don’t want to hear it.
As I briefly think about all what may happen during the end times, and the very idea that it could be seen in our generation, sharing God’s truth and what He says will be coming is something very similar to what Ezekiel was called to do. God didn’t put any stipulations on sharing the Gospel to the world. He commanded us to share it throughout all the world, period. As people we are so quick to make excuses for why we should sharing His Good New with people. We can see that happening many times in scripture, even Moses tried to makes excuses for why he couldn’t do what God asked. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) So we know God’s promises but we have so little faith. Even the disciples, having Christ with them, showed themselves to have so little faith.
Are we going to rise up to God’s calling, rely on Him, and step out in faith?