Moving Toward Maturity

Children are cute, but a 16 or 60-year-old who acts like a child is anything but cute.

There is something very engaging in new Christians. It seems that new Christians run after Jesus with great passion.

What one man had to say about children is true for new Christians too. “They run, but they don’t run far.”

God placed leaders in the church to help spiritual children become mature adults in the faith.

Ephesians 4.11-13 – He himself granted that some are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,

Until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

Our maturity is nothing short of “the full stature of Christ.” The Greek text reads, “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

Paul prayed in chapter three, “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3.19). The measure of Christian maturity is to what extent God is vital to our lives.

We can’t get all of God, but he can get all of us. Christian maturity is being filled with God’s Spirit, showing forth his action and attitudes.

Growing Up

There are some pitfalls on the road to maturity. Paul highlights these and provides some ways beyond them.

Ephesians 4.14-16 – We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming;

But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

We can fall into a spiritual pothole on the way to maturity if we are not careful. Some crafty schemers will deceive you for their personal power or advantage.

Like a good shepherd, it is the spiritual leader’s job to protect the sheep from the wolves. It will be occasionally necessary to lovingly point out that a certain preacher or teacher is not what he or she appears to be.

This has to be done carefully and in love, because the new Christian may be enamored with the wolf.

The best path to maturity is to see Christ as the head of the church. Children are naturally self-centered. Just check with a two-year-old to see if this is true.

When we surrender our willfulness and selfishness to the rule of Christ, it will be easier for the Lord to fill us with his fullness.

When we are rightly connected to Jesus, who is the head of the church, it will be natural for the church to work properly and to be more loving.

YouTube Video and Prayer

Rudy Ross and I have been friends for years. He is Jewish and I am a Gentle. Our friendship is centered around a love for God and his Bible. You can hear Rudy and me talk on the Bob Spradling YouTube Channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com and the Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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