Can I ask you a personal question? I guess I just did. But, what I really want to ask you is, “Are you growing up?” Now, before you dismiss my question, I want to remind you that every living thing on earth is supposed to grow up. That’s right, every plant, animal, and human being on earth is supposed to try to reach maturity.
Why are living things supposed to grow up? Because, mature plants, animals, and humans are stronger and more productive than immature plants, animals, and humans. Immature plants, animals, and humans are vulnerable to the elements, disease, and predators, but mature plants, animals, and humans are more resilient. Furthermore, immature plants, animals, and humans cannot bear fruit or reproduce, but mature plants, animals, and humans are fruitful and reproductive.
I can’t say this for plant life, but I can tell you that mature animals and humans are much wiser than immature animals and human beings. That is because wisdom comes over time through a variety of means. Mature animals and humans have learned what to do and what not to do either through their parents, teachers, siblings, friends, or enemies!
I guess at this point I should clarify that my question “Are you growing up?” was not focused on your physical maturity. My question had to do with your spiritual maturity. I want you to evaluate yourself to see if you are growing spiritually. Before you answer me, let me give you…
Five truths you need to know about spiritual maturity:
1st – God wants every Christian to become spiritually mature.
There are tons of passages in the Bible that say God wants His sons and daughters to grow spiritually. Spiritual growth is not an option for Christians – it is a mandate!
“Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2nd Corinthians 13:11 NLT
2nd – All Christians need help growing up.
Nothing grows to maturity on its own. Every plant, animal, and human being needs someone to help them grow physically. Likewise, every Christian needs someone to help them become a strong and productive Christian.
3rd – Spiritual maturity is a process.
As physical growth is a process (infant, adolescent, puberty, teenager, young adult, middle age, senior), so spiritual growth is a process (baby Christian, growing Christian, spiritually mature Christian). All growth takes time!
“You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” 2nd Peter 3:18 NLT
4th – You have to do somethings to grow spiritually.
You have to do some things to grow physically. You have to eat nutritious food, exercise, and protect yourself from people, places, things, and activities that can hurt or kill you. Well, you also have to do some things to grow spiritually. Christians have to do what the Bible tells them to do to grow spiritually.
“Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” James 1:22–25 NLT
5th – A spiritually mature Christian resembles Jesus!
The measure for spiritual maturity is not how you dress, or how much you go or give to your church, or even how well you know scripture. The measure for spiritual maturity is how much you resemble Jesus! Spiritually mature Christians think, feel, speak, and act like Christ!
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” Ephesians 4:11–16 NLT
Why should a Christian be concerned with their spiritual growth?
- Because Jesus died so we could be righteous!
To be honest, a Christian that doesn’t care about becoming like Christ is either confused about why Jesus died for him, or he is not a true believer. Every Christian should want to be like their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
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