A Sermon on Hebrews 6:1-3 preached at Christ Church on November 27, 2005 by Pastor Matt Adair
Every one of us lies somewhere between perfect maturity and perfect immaturity – no one in this room is perfectly mature and no one is perfectly immature. We’re all somewhere on this sliding scale of maturity and as we’re trying to figure out where we fit, we need to see that our immediate concern is direction – are we moving towards maturity or away from maturity? In 5:14, we find this definition of spiritual maturity – a person “who [has] their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil,” a definition that we paraphrased last week this way: a spiritually mature person is someone whose heart and mind has been shaped by God through a continual immersion in Scripture and prayer to know what is most valuable in life.
Ultimately our maturity is measured by our faith - we are mature to the degree that we trust and treasure Jesus (our definition of faith) in every single detail of our lives. We said last week that our faith might play itself out in different ways – for instance, a mature person is one who sees God-centered needs around them and moves toward people who have those needs; immaturity is a self-centered concern to take care of themselves that results in a godless pursuit of comfort and convenience. But behind even our concern for people is Jesus – are we moving towards him or away from him. Is he being trusted and treasured more broadly and more deeply in our lives or are we trusting and treasuring – putting our faith – in other things?