Are You Spiritually Maturing?August 9, 2021 Save Article
PRAY OVER THIS:
“I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”
What is maturity? Maturity is Christlikeness. In Ephesians 4:13, Paul said, “till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” and the word perfect here does not mean sinless, it means mature. In Colossians 1:28, Paul said, “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” And again, the word perfect means mature.
Maturity is a life-long process. It’s not a hundred-yard dash; it is a marathon. Nobody is instantly mature. It has been said if you want to grow a squash, you can do that in forty days. If you want to grow an oak, you can do that in forty years. You can be instantly spiritual, you can be gifted, you can be healthy, but you cannot be instantly mature.
- Where might you place yourself in the categories John included in today’s verses?
- What are the practical means by which you are seeking to grow toward spiritual maturity?
Do a search of where the Bible talks about maturity or completion. Make a list of the marks of maturity you find.