by pastor david
"Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; And if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.”
What is spiritual maturity? Are you spiritually mature? Spiritual maturity is, "The growth process of becoming more like Jesus Christ. It is an ongoing process of surrender and obedience."
Paul begins the passage above by addressing those who are "mature". It translates the Greek word, "telios" meaning, "to end or complete". The same Greek word is used in (James 1:4) "But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect (telios-mature) and complete, lacking nothing."
Keep in mind, however, that Paul has already declared, in (Philippians 3:12-13), that he has not yet arrived at this point of maturity and Christ-likeness: “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended…”
Herein lies the Paradox of Spiritual Maturity. In other words, only a maturing person will recognize his immaturity (Philippians 3:12) “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended…” We are moving toward maturity, as we recognize our immaturity and seek to move forward in our Christian development. Please understand that the more Christ-like we become, the more we realize how little like Christ we really are. Dr. Lehman Strauss said, "It is a work of the mature mind that recognizes its immaturity." In other words, as we recognize our immaturity and seek to move forward in our Christian development, we are moving toward maturity.
The real question is not, "Are you spiritually mature?" but "Are you maturing spiritually?"
You might say, "I've been a Christian for many years. Surely I am spiritually mature." Well, the years you have been a Christian tell how long you have been on the road but not how far you have traveled. Many are like the Hebrew Christians addressed in (Hebrews 5:12), "For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food."
May I kindly say that you are never too old to grow up? It makes no difference if you have been a believer for just a few months or for many years, let us keep moving forward toward the goal of Christ-likeness and spiritual maturity.
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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