Updated: Oct 27, 2020
“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God” (Hebrews 6:1 NIV).
Have you ever had a subject or class in school that you just struggled with? Maybe algebra or trigonometry or some advanced writing class. You do okay in the basic or first year classes, but when you got to the second year or advanced level classes you really know you’re in over your head. Mine was German. Even though I grew up in the southwest and should have taken Spanish I decided to take German. I wanted to do something that linked in with my heritage and family. Never mind that I would never use it. Funny, all the times we as children said we would never use the math or grammar stuff the teachers were teaching and I instead actually chose to learn the subject we really will never use. But back to the point, if you are in way over your head in learning something it is usually because you missed some fundamental point that you needed to know to build the rest of your knowledge on. In fact, fundamental and foundation come from the same root word; fundamentum Latin for foundation.
The meaning being in these passages that the foundation of knowledge has been laid for the rest of your spiritual maturity to build upon. The elementary knowledge has been gained. Our goal is to press on and strive to move on from this bare minimum of knowledge in Christ to grow spiritually to maturity. Elsewhere in the Bible this concept is likened to moving past milk to solid food like a child being weaned. Here it is illustrated that we should not be laying the foundation again and again and never moving on to build the rest of the house.
Funny story; my grandmother and her sister in their older years moved to the same small town in Oklahoma. In tornado alley area it is a small town called Waynoka. They lived just a few houses apart on the same street. The funny thing is that when my great aunt moved there, they built their own home. Now, where tornadoes are present everyone has a root cellar or a basement to go to during a storm. My aunt and her husband built a strong concrete basement with all the amenities and moved into it while they were to build the rest of the house. The problem was they never built it. They never built the rest of the house. It was not until after my great uncle passed, as far as I can tell, that the sons came in and finished the house for their mom.
The point is that we can all get stuck in our comfort zones and not want to change or move on, but the Spirit is always leading us to change, to grow, to be transformed into the humans that God intended us to be. He is always wanting us to mature and grow spiritually. To move beyond just the bare minimum of our faith; to move into being the holy ones He desires a full relationship with.
What does your spiritual house look like? Has it moved on from its foundations or is it still only at ground level?
What can you do today to move beyond where you are spiritually today?
Thank you, Pastor Perry