Why is it important to grow up in maturity? To begin with, it is useful and necessary. Physically, our bodies grow from infant to child, child to adolescents, and then from adolescents to adults. The older we get the more “aches and pains” we get. “Even physical maturity is not always an easy, pleasant experience. The teenager walking that difficult bridge from childhood to adulthood has his frustrations and failures, but if he keeps on going (and growing), he eventually enters a wonderful life of maturity” (Warren Wiersbe). In like manner, our spiritual growth is very similar.
To best understand, spiritual maturity is “the process of recognizing our complete dependence on God and learning to rely on Him rather than ourselves. As we grow and mature in our relationship with Him, we realize how much we need Him.” Meaning, our spiritual growth happens when we grow in knowing God, knowing His Word, and becoming more like Jesus. Author and pastor Warren Wiersbe says, “Spiritual maturity is one of the greatest needs in churches today. Too many churches are playpens for babies instead of workshops…After well over a quarter century of ministry, I am convinced that spiritual immaturity is the number one problem in our churches. God is looking for mature men and women to carry on His work, and sometimes all he can find are little children who cannot even get along with each other” (Warren Wiersbe). While attending church is very important and should be an “equipping center” for discipleship, believers must take some responsibility outside of church to spend time alone with God in His Word and through prayer.
As we all know, Christian growth is not something that is automatic. It is something that we must work at constantly. When we were all young, we would measure our growth by our friends, a wall where we charted our height, or some other measure. However, when it comes to our spiritual growth, “we must measure our spiritual growth by the Word of God and the Son of God (Eph. 4:13)” (Wiersbe). In fact, the Bible is the authority for all our life. It is the ultimate guide and measure for our spiritual lives. The book of James lists some of the problems that believers experience. For example, impatience in difficulties, not living out the truth of God, not controlling our tongues, and fighting and coveting are just some things mentioned in James. Consequently, the spiritual immaturity of early church believers only contributed to the issues they faced. Wiersbe says, “These Christians simply were not growing up.”
Spiritual maturity, just like physical maturity, takes time. In fact, to grow spiritually we must be disciplined to make time for God. Most likely one of the common excuses for not growing spiritually is, “there is not just enough time.” If our faith in God and love for Jesus is any indicator, we will make sure that we are spending time in prayer and getting to know God more. In doing so, the result will be that we will grow in our faith and relationship with Him.
How are you growing in your faith and relationship with God?
What are some things you are doing to cultivate your faith in God?
Is growing spiritually important to you?
Do you love God and want to know Him more?
2 Peter 3:18 -But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
Hebrews 6:1 -Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God
1 Peter 2:2-3 -Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,…now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald Whitney
Be Mature – Warren Wiersbe