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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Time to Grow Up

By Ken Horn
July 20, 2014

It’s sad when grown people act like babies. People like this can be found in the sports world, among celebrities, in bars, on reality TV. But the saddest place to find them is in the church, among true believers of Christ.

Some of the most severe and disappointment-laden language to disciples of Christ in the New Testament is found in the Epistle of Hebrews. Here’s part of it:

“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! ... Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation ... ” (Hebrews 5:12; 6:1, NIV).

When I taught my first master’s-level class, I was surprised by the lack of writing ability among some of the students. College graduates certainly shouldn’t have arrived in that class so ill prepared.

Now think about the many Christians who, after serving the Lord for years, fail to demonstrate even basic skills in foundational areas such as witnessing, discipleship or understanding basic doctrine.

This passage challenges believers to press on to maturity, and to seize individual responsibility. Too many leave it to the church to make them mature in Christ. Those who are depending on outside influences to bring about their maturity seldom become mature believers. Age alone does not produce maturity. Do you really have 10 years of experience as a believer in Christ, or have you had one year’s experience 10 times?

A construction business wouldn’t get anywhere if the workers laid a building’s foundation and built nothing on it, returning months later to tear it out and begin laying it again.

This is the kind of Christian Hebrews 6 is describing. Such a believer is constantly laying, losing, then laying again.

Sometimes the foundation itself is part of the problem — a formula instead of repentance; works instead of faith; church attendance as a substitute for a living relationship with Christ.

 “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).

Take this self-test. Do you believe yourself to be more like Jesus than you were five years ago?

If the honest answer is no, then steps must be taken! Talk to a spiritual leader, find an accountability partner ... and “press on to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1, NASB).

Ken Horn

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