So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation; if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:1-3
There comes a point in one’s Christian life that the individual must come to the place where he or she must decide if they are going to truly move on toward spiritual maturity, or if they are going to continue being spiritual infants. Spiritual infancy is a problem that is plaguing too many churches across America. I have found that there is too much of “majoring in minors and minoring in majors” going on. There are too many that worry about too many things. Too many who are not accountable for anything; they place thee blame on everyone else. Too many are getting caught up in things that don’t really matter. Too many are easily offended by the smallest of things like someone not speaking to them. And on the flip side there are too many who hold grudges and walk by others and intentionally don’t speak; and I ask, why?! Is it that hard to be kind? I always share with those who get upset at those who do not speak to them, make sure you speak to the individual or individuals who will not speak; God does not hold you accountable what others do to you; He holds you accountable on how you react to them. As a matter of fact, we are instructed in Ephesians 4:32 to “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” It is time to grow up! Spiritually, that is.
All believers grow at different speeds, however, there must be a conscious effort to grow. Here’s what I mean. Spiritual growth cannot happen apart from the Word of God. I have seen too many who say they love God and yet, avoid His Word which reveals who He is and what His will is for our lives. Apart from knowing who God is and His will for us a believe’s grow will remain spiritually stunted. The fact of the matter is, spiritual maturity is interconnected with the implementation of truth. The Psalmist says it like this, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). Believers are not able to grow unless there is a renunciation of sins. When purging takes place, then God’s Word, does its work (see 1 Peter 2:1). The more the believer delves into the Word of God, the more he or she will witness growth in their lives. This must be done consistently and with the intent of obeying the truth. Dr. A. W. Tozer makes a profound statement pertaining to one’s perception of God, he states, “A right conception of God is basic not only to Systematic Theology, but to practical Christian living as well.” This can only come through the study of God’s Word. It is time to grow up!
I am challenging everyone who is reading this to do a serious self-examination as to where you are in your spiritual maturity. Is the Word of God your priority? Does your day consist of prayer and Bible Study? Do you take time to meditate on God’s Word? How do you handle adversity? Do you worry a lot? How do you handle correction from others? Are you one who can always tell everyone what they need to do, and when someone tells you what you need to do, you stop speaking to them? Do you own up to your faults and failures? Do you admit you make mistakes? Do you blame everyone else when things go wrong? Do you attend Church School or Bible Study on a consistent basis? Or are you always making excuses as to why you don’t attend? Do you make time for everything else in your life? Last question, How do you react to things? If you really want to be spiritually mature, you must be honest with yourself, and take steps to move in the direction that will bring you to the place where you should be striving for and that will please God. It is time to grow up!
Maturity in Christ means you normally look at and react to things from a spiritual perspective. – Dr. Tony Evans
The Lord doesn’t ask for perfection. He desires for us to be going in the right direction. – Dr. Robert Smith, Jr.
Your servant in Christ,