Are you moving on? Are you moving on in maturity? Have you learned the elementary teachings and learning more complex instruction now? Are you learning to think logically and put the pieces together to gain a deeper understanding?
As we go through school, we begin with very basic teachings. We learn our alphabet before we start learning words. We learn a few basic words before learning to assemble sentences and read. Our vocabulary grows over the years as we continue to progress into a chosen profession.
In today’s world, we have a multitude of professions that seem to have their own language. As we become more experienced in a profession, we learn the language, often including acronyms that confuse those who don’t know them.
Sometimes, the differences in language used by people in some professions is very confusing to us. We overhear a business conversation and don’t understand anything that was said. If the business is customer facing, they often have employees who can translate the business language into common language.
As Christians, we can find ourselves in the same situation. Especially if we are new Christians. We can also find ourselves feeling confused when we don’t spend time studying and learning God’s Word. This often means spending time with someone who knows God’s Word to learn.
Where can we obtain such learning? There are pastors, teachers, and theologians in our churches. Often, the preaching done on Sunday morning isn’t enough to educate us in the deeper understanding the writer of Hebrews encourages us to gain. The Sunday morning sermon, in most cases, is designed to present a basic understanding of God’s Word. In some cases, it may go a little beyond the basics.
So, what are we to do to gain a better understanding? We can participate in Bible studies. We can read theological books. We are to spend time in prayer, asking God for His understanding. We can jot down questions as we read and ask someone who is more learned to answer them. The bottom line is, we must take ownership of our own education, seeking to understand by using multiple methods.
I pray we all seek a deeper understanding of God’s Word. I pray we move beyond the elementary teachings. I pray each one of us will make the decision to move toward maturity in our knowledge of God. Seek understanding. Go deeper in God’s Word. Take ownership. Ask for help. Trust God to lead you.
Hebrews 6:1-2 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, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.