“One of the marks of spiritual maturity is the quiet confidence that God is in control-without the need to understand why He does what He does.” -Anonymous
Colossians 1:9-10 (ESV) “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Wonderful analogies can be made between our need for physical and emotional growth and our need for spiritual growth. God does not want us to remain immature or in a stagnant state of non-growth. Our physical bodies were designed to “stretch” and mature into taller, stronger, and fruitful bodies.
We are called the children if God, but this does not mean He wants us to go through life as two-year-olds. As middle-aged adults, we will always remain children in the eyes of our parents. However, there is nothing attractive or appealing in adults who refuse to grow up emotionally.
Responsibilities can be scary and intimidating. However, they are necessary if we want to become who God untended for us to be. To remain a child emotionally, even though our bodies have matured, is a disappointment to God.
Spiritual maturity is desirable. When Holy Spirit fills you with the knowledge of His will, you are able to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. This will be fully pleasing to Him as you will bear fruit in every good work you do for His glory. He wants you to deepen your relationship with Him by increasing your knowledge of Him.
Our maturity in Christ will come at different rates and speeds. The quickness of growth and the depth of maturity will depend on the willingness of a believer to submit and lay aside his will for that of God’s plans. Choosing to trust God’s direction and purpose for us will often come when we experience deep brokenness and a faith strengthens by storms. Trials teach us to exercise our spiritual muscles and will develop perseverance.
There are many markers used to identify the mature Christian. An unswervable faith, which does not require explanations from God is a good indicator. It is so tempting to throw up “Whys” to our heavenly Father. In the long run “Why” does not matter, if our faith reminds us that we serve a loving God with plans to prosper us and give us a future hope. Mature believers live by the promise of Romans 2:28. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
Mature Christians live their lives looking for opportunities to serve others and God. Selfishness may still rear it’s ugly head on occasion, but a mature Christian finds joy in putting others first. The fruits of the spirit will be manifested within them and though sin will always plague believers, it will not rule the heart of the mature. Therefore, goodness, kindness, gentleness, peace, love, joy, patience, faithfulness, and self-control will allow the mature in Christ to be living testimonies to the world.
If you are tired of getting tossed around by doubt and indecision or fear and anger, lay down your personal agenda. Stop asking God “Why” and start saying, “Use me!”
Ephesians 4:14-15 (NIV) “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
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