Maturity. What does that mean? Returning to the writer’s admonitions in Hebrews 6:1-4, it seems maturity means we are confident in the basic. Repenting from evil deeds, placing our faith in God, baptism, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment are all basic tenets of following Jesus. Summarizing these, it seems that maturing means we understand that repentance follows placing our faith in God which leads us to baptism and the assurance that one day we will be resurrected to live with God eternally.
When all of that is sealed in our minds, we can live from a place of knowing and begin to think outward.
The next passage of scripture my mind is drawn to is Ephesians 4:30-32. I believe this gives next steps in the process of maturation. Because we are identified as God’s very own, we change the way we relate to others. No longer do we hold on to bitterness and rage, but we forgive just as we have been forgiven.
What areas do you identify as growth opportunities? Do you wonder if eternal life is yours? Then begin there. Do you know that forever with Jesus is your destination, but you deal with anger issues? Then begin there. Wherever you are is the best place to start. Let’s get growing!