“Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance” (Hebrews 6v11-12).
Recently, Holy Spirit led me to a verse in Hebrews chapter 5. Verse 11 & 12 clearly state: “There is much more we would like to say about this (this=spiritual growth), but it is too difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others.” The theme in this chapter really spoke to my heart. Spiritual growth. In Hebrews’ chapter on spiritual growth it emphasizes the importance of being proactive believers. So often, quickly after being saved, we allow our spiritual life to come to a halt. Slowly, we find ourselves what the Bible calls spiritually dull. I’ve seen it happen countless times. Dullness. It eliminates vivacity and excitement and joy. It robs you of life. It whispers in a monotone voice, "Don’t move. Stay stagnant". As believers, we ought to be living a life that is reflective of the life Jesus lived. Jesus lived a fascinating life. He encountered adventures galore, and always lived with anticipation of how His Father would use Him to declare love in a world so distant. Joy and excitement surrounded Him like a cloak, as He set off on His daily endeavours.
The Bible talks a lot about spiritual growth. In Psalm 1v1-3, it says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Here, God promises us that if we seek Him, spend time in His presence and continuously go after the things in His heart, we will not wither, but prosper in all things. Spiritual growth— growing in the knowledge, understanding, and revelation of who Jesus is and His heart towards you— will invite adventure, excitement and risk into your life.
I don’t know about you, but this is definitely a wake up call for me. Spiritual dullness will leave you empty, lonely and unsatisfied. You will wither away— losing all liveliness, strength and freshness of life. However, spiritual growth leads to abundant life. The more you seek His face and the life He has set before you, naturally, you will find yourself growing vigorously. You’ll even notice a sweet eagerness start to stir up inside of you; an eagerness to experience all that He has for you.
So, take a moment and check your heart. Do you feel comfortable? Do you feel like you haven’t grown in the past months? Do you feel life to be tedious and mundane? If so, ask Jesus to lift you out of this miry clay that you’re in. Rest in His promises— they bring hope. Ask Him for new and refreshing revelations of His love.
Love has always been the answer to revive a spiritually dull life. Love and know that God has spoken bountiful and extravagant promises over your life. Hebrews 6 reminds us that those who love (love God, others and themselves) will reap much fruit. Loving furiously will cause you to stray away from dullness (who wants a boring life anyways?) and inherit God’s promises because of your faith and endurance and courage. He has called us to be furious lovers.
I choose love and all the promises and fruit that come along with it. What will you choose? I think the answer’s pretty simple.