MATURITY!

God has put something wonderful into each of us: the ability to evolve. Physically, emotionally, mentally, intellectually, socially, etc.

It was the same with Jesus, the Messiah, when He lived here on earth. Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” In other words, Jesus evolved and made increasing progress from one day to the next. He grew in maturity, in a positive way!

Jesus is our role model. We should emulate Him and learn from Him. Spiritual maturity is therefore a great goal for every follower of Jesus to have. This is also true for you and me!

Of course, we also know people who have had many years of experience with God, yet have not developed spiritually. We are even able to observe how some people regress spiritually: for example, in Hebrews 5:12, where the Christians of that time should have been able to teach others. Instead, they had to be treated like babies in the faith. Even today we sometimes say jokingly, “This feels like kindergarten!”

This should not stop you, though, from seeking spiritual maturity and godly growth. It’s nice to learn something new every day and to observe one’s own positive development. This inspires us to serve our fellow human beings more effectively, and that makes us happy! This is your calling and destiny.

Recently, I had a conversation with the parents of a small child who had an intense desire to be baptized. The parents were a bit unsure because of their child’s age. But during the subsequent conversation with the child and the parents, there was not a single thing that would have justified refusing the baptism. This child already had an amazing level of maturity, insight, and spiritual depth. This touched my heart deeply and it inspired me.

Of course we are all on different paths to maturity, at different speeds. No one is like anyone else, or is experiencing the circumstances of another person. I want to encourage you to find your own pace, path, experiences, and possibilities to develop spiritually.

Here are some tips:

  • Make it a point to be around people who are mature and from whom you can learn.
  • Pay attention to the type of sources and from whom you’re learning when it comes to acquiring any kind of knowledge at the heart level. Observe the kind of fruit it produces in you!
  • Constantly expose yourself to things and situations that keep you positive and reflect regularly with the help of others on your development.
  • Make it a point to find a spiritual home in a church and small group where you can experience correction, restoration, inspiration, and training.
  • Be assured that every minute you spend in prayer and in the Word of God will increase your level of spiritual maturity.

I sincerely wish you an ongoing positive path as you develop your maturity in the upcoming months and years, and that many will be able to make the observation about you, “S/he is really growing!”

Be sincerely blessed for your next steps, and experience for yourself the joy of seeing things in your world with ever clearer eyes.

Fondly,
Peter