The Measure of Christian Maturity

“Come … Learn of Me”

Are you a mature disciple?

There is a Savior who is ever ready to teach. He beckons His followers to “Come … Learn of Me.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Now, the problem is never with the Savior but rather with the willingness of the student. The writer of Hebrews addresses this very issue:

“Therefore leaving the principles (foundational truths) of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection (maturity); not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” Hebrews 6:1-2

The Measure of Christian Maturity

“Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:11-14

Christian maturity is measured by the use of the sword by the student, most importantly, upon his own heart and in his own life. The disciple never ceases to be the Master’s student and yet, his maturity is measured by how diligently he engages in using the sword of God’s Word.

1 Peter 2 states: “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:1-3) The undeveloped believer who has not been a good student may get entangled with “malice … guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and … evil speakings.” Yet, the exhortation here by the apostle Peter is for us to “desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” If we have “tasted that the Lord is gracious,” we should go on to maturity – to study and obey God’s Word around the clock, making it our most important meal and undertaking. When we do, we will become “good ministers of Jesus Christ” to others by making His truths known to them.

“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers …” Hebrews 5:12

The one who becomes Christ’s disciple takes it upon himself to obey His Master and teach others.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20

The person reading this who sees himself/herself as a mature believer and yet is not regularly teaching God’s Word to others, is deceived. True disciples of Jesus who are maturing, take responsibility to communicate the things they are learning of Him to others.

“If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained … Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” 1 Timothy 4:6, 16

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations …” Matthew 28:19

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