Summary: Let’s Grow Up! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Hebrews chapter 5 verse 11 to chapter 6 verse 3.
• Patrick aged 10
• “Never trust a dog to watch your food”
• Michael aged 14
• “When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" don't answer him”
• Joel, aged 10
• “Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a cricket bat”
• Andrew aged 9
• “Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a Polo mint”
• Taylia aged 11
• “When your mum is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair”
• Armir aged 9
• “You can't hide a piece of broccoli in your milk”
• Mitchell aged 12
• “Don't sneeze in front of your mum, when you're eating a cracker”
• Michael aged 14
• “Never tell your mum her diet's not working”
• It might not be considered wisdom;
• But I would guess everyone in this room has said it at sometime to someone;
• Those immortal words; “Grow up!”
• Or a similar phrase; “Why don’t you act your age?”
Growth is important to all of us:
• Ill: From the moment you were born you were weighed and measured.
• Ill: As children how many of you had a growth chart or marks on the wall/door frame?
• Growth is the sign of a healthy child;
• And if a child is stunted in their growth it usually it means that something is seriously wrong
• What is true in a physical sense has a spiritual parallel.
• You come into God’s family the same way you entered your physical family;
• By being born into it - i.e. ‘Born again’ – i.e. a baby.
• Now in the physical realm;
• We grow into healthy children, teenagers, adults by taking in nourishment, by exercising etc.
• It is an automatic process that happens without us really noticing.
• Ill: Our own kids every so often their clothes don’t fit – growth spurt etc.
• Now in the spiritual realm the experience can be very different;
• The number of years you have been a Christian does not mean you are growing!
• True you are growing older but you are not in practice growing up!
• i.e. becoming spiritually mature.
• A man, after 25 years with one company,
• Was still doing the same old job and drawing the same salary.
• Finally he went to his boss and told him he felt he had been neglected.
• “After all,” he said, “I’ve had 25 of experience.”
• His boss sighed and said:
• “You haven’t had 25 of experience, you’ve had one experience for 25 years.”
• This passage in the book of Hebrews;
• Helps us to recognise if we are maturing or stagnant in our spiritual growth.
• These verses are really tragic;
• The picture they present to us is more like a nursery school than a Church.
I want to split the passage under 4 headings:
(1). These Christians were dull and deaf (vs 11).
“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn”.
“Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain,
since you have become dull of hearing”.
• An elderly man stopped at a hearing aid centre and asked about prices.
• The salesman said “We have them from £25,000 down to £1.50,”
• The elderly man asked; “What’s the £25,000 one like?”
• The salesman said “It’s as a clear as can be and it also translates in 12 languages.”
• He then asked; “And what about the one for £1.50?”
• “It’s this button attached to a string,” said the salesman, pushing it across the counter.
• “How does it work?” asked the man.
• “It doesn’t” replied the salesman said;
• “But if you put the button in your ear and the string in your pocket,
• You’ll be surprised how loud people talk!”
• These Hebrew Christians had become voluntary hard of hearing;
• They had plugged their ears to avoid the truth.
• In fact the Greek word translated in the N.I.V “slow to learn”,
• In the N.A.S.B as “Dull of hearing”.
• Is only used twice in the entire Bible;
• It is used here in verse 11 and one more time in the letter (chapter 6 verse 12).
• It means “thick, slow, sluggish, indolent, lazy”.
• The original term is from two words; “No” “Push”.
• A dull preacher would be one with “No push”.
• We might say; “his get-up-and-go… got up and went!”
• But actually the problem in this Church is not with the preacher but the congregation;