FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”
Hebrews 6:1-2 ESV
JESUS WANTS TO GROW ME BEYOND LEGALISM
Dave Branon puts it this way, “Few of us look in the mirror and come to the conclusion of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. During his heyday as a player, Namath wrote a book titled I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow … ‘Cause I Get Better-Looking Every Day. As egotistical as that title sounds, it can help us see how we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should view ourselves in the lifelong process of becoming like Him. Scripture tells us that to become more like Christ, we need to keep getting better every day.”
For the original audience of Hebrews, “leaving elementary doctrine,” most likely represented moving from the discussion of the legal requirements of Old testament Judaism versus faith in Jesus for salvation. In essence, we’ve already crossed the bridge of where you’ve come from in your past religious life and concluded that it’s faith in Jesus that saves and not your works. Stop trying to go back to legalism.
“Go on to maturity” in Hebrews 6:1 is a word picture that could be used to describe a sailboat being pushed by the wind toward its final destination. The goal of our faith is Christlikeness. The goal is not trying to earn God’s approval with our works. The goal is to have a faith in Jesus that shows up in our everyday life and ultimately in heaven. Ephesians 2:8-10 makes it clear:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
We are saved by grace through faith, period. And we have been specially crafted for some good works God has for us to do. What a beautiful picture and privilege to be saved by grace for God’s special purposes. So, look in the mirror and tell yourself “I get better looking every day when I am growing in Christ.”