“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.” (Heb. 6:1)
There is such a beautiful and terrifying invitation in that statement; something we all deeply want, yet something we are afraid to move toward. Most likely that’s because what it’s going to take to get to that next level of maturity is costly. It is not nearly as costly, however, as it is incredible. It is oh so worth it!
We live in a world that seeks minimum investment for maximum return. Unfortunately, spiritual maturity doesn’t work that way. Maybe that’s why so many seem stuck or stagnate in their lives with Jesus; they are simply unwilling to invest, or endure, whatever it takes to get to the next level of maturity—especially if it involves moving downward rather than upward. And make no mistake about it, spiritual maturity almost always comes about as a result of descent rather than ascent. It’s the Jesus way.
The strange thing is that when we finally muster the courage to follow his leading, wherever that might be, we find that the way downward is actually the way to freedom and life, if we are willing to take that step. What does stepping toward maturity look like for you these days?
Lord Jesus, give me the courage to take that next step toward spiritual maturity, whatever it may look like. Amen.