The writer to the Hebrews wanted to move on. Though he fought for the faith of these wavering Jewish believers, he wasn’t content to let them keep spinning their wheels on the basics. Kind of akin to Elijah, in essence he exhorts them, If you believe that Jesus is better–the better revelation; the better minister; the better builder; the better rest; the better high priest;–then, by His enabling power, according to His unfailing promises, move on and, with holy determination, follow Him.
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity . . .
(Hebrews 6:1a ESV)
Go on to maturity. That’s the goal. That’s the end game. Grow up. Because there are things that belong to salvation. Better things.
Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things–things that belong to salvation.
(Hebrews 6:9 ESV)
The urgency of the charge was not intended to condemn but to spur on. Not meant as a judgment but intended to be a catalyst. Convinced that God would complete the work He had begun in them through regeneration (Php. 1:6), even though the going was tough, he earnestly urged the tough, through Christ, to get going. Because there are things that accompany salvation–better things.
That’s what I’m chewing on this morning. The better things.
How sad for those who are born again to view their salvation as a one-and-done past event and now theirs is to just sit and wait and struggle through life until they go to heaven. Though they’ve tasted and seen the Lord is good, they have little expectation of knowing any of that goodness until after the grave. And so they spin their wheels. Processing life through their own filters. Wandering about life in a context apart from who they are in Christ. Doing life in their own power.
Instead, I’m reminded this morning, there are things that belong to salvation. Things that let us go on to maturity.
Simple things. Things like pursuing His word. Because transformation comes through the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2). Because we want to grow in faith and “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17). Word of God speak!
Simple things like praying. Communing with God. Believing He hears. Knowing He cares. Trusting His sovereign ways.
Simple things like Christian community. Not just going to church, but truly, authentically, relentlessly being the church. Engaged in the one another’s. Believing that we have been fit together for the purpose of serving each other as part of the body of Christ. Trusting God’s design and dynamic for sanctification, each doing their part “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph. 4:13-14).
Simple things like being a part of the work of making disciples. Reaching them. Teaching them. Being examples for them. Loving them.
And that just scratches the surface of the things that belong to salvation. Just some of the better things that are ours to lay hold of.
Oh, that we would desire the better things. That we would, by faith, pursue the better things. That we would, through His Spirit, experience the better things.
All these things just a foretaste of the even better things to come.
Because of grace. For His glory.