“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Messiah, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection, of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
Once a person has come to Messiah it is very important that he, or she, grows spiritually. A huge problem in the body of Messiah is that so much focus is put on things that do little to help people draw closer to Yeshua. It is important that we get the basics down well. Just like the writer to the book of Hebrews is stating, we need to get the principles of Biblical doctrine in our heads and our hearts, back and forth. We need the rudiments of what Yeshua, God's Living Word, would have us know and apply it to our lives prayerfully.
But then what? After you get the principles of the faith in your head, and in your heart, do you stop there? Do you just get involved in some program that your local fellowship is involved with? Are you meant now to follow a man or follow God? Do you even know the difference? Can you look in the mirror and tell yourself that you follow this man, or woman, or group only as directed by the Holy Spirit? Following anyone, or anything other than the risen Saviour will thwart you spiritually. The true Ruach HaKodesh will cause you to be hungry for Him spiritually just like you get hungry physically. Are you still hungry for the things of God, and His Word or are you now too busy to enjoy them? You will know you are stuck by how much you thirst for Yeshua. If you do, you are healthy. If you don't, you are dying or, in fact, dead.
Our spiritual condition is very tender and especially at first, very vulnerable to the devil and the things of this world. Your heart must always be nurtured and kept in good spiritual condition and health. The area of our greatest concern should always be our spiritual condition and all of us must guard this important area with everything we've got.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that the understanding of these 'beginner principals' are very important but implores the reader to 'not lay again the foundation......' His comparison takes us into the world of the construction of a house. When someone is building a building and once the foundation for it has been laid, to lay it again, and again and again would be redundant and foolish. Yet in the building of Yeshua's spiritual house in us, there are certain peoples, and congregations, who go from week to week, year to year always hearing the same things, going through the same motions, and never really growing and moving to a closer walk with Messiah. There is no goal, no purpose to what they are doing. You can tell these people by their lack of hunger for Godly things: wisdom, revelation, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Spiritual growth is about living not dying. Growing spiritually means that you are moving toward a goal, a purpose. We are not nomads but pilgrims. A nomad doesn't know where he is going. A pilgrim does know where he is going. Spiritual growth is about your position of growing closer, and closer, and drawing nearer to the Lord every day. For us, Yeshua is the 'promised land' here on this Earth.
We are told in Hebrews 11 that 'faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.' Our spiritual house is built on faith, a faith that does not see but knows Who the author of our faith is. We begin like babies but are supposed to mature, and grow in this faith. To Elohim our faith and trust in Him is precious. The evidence we see on a daily basis of Yeshua's wonderful hand in our life causes us to grow and move toward Him. He has laid the foundation. He will put up the walls, put on the ceiling, do the plumbing, the interior design and everything else in our house if we will just open our eyes and behold Him at work. He wants us to grow in Him. Remember: Anything not growing is dying. Let's move spiritually today!