Building MaturityPosted: February 28, 2014
Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.. 1 Corinthians 14:20 (NIV)
What is Maturity?
Maturity is a broad subject and covers many different aspects. What makes maturity so comprehensive, is it can be based on culture, age, brain development, and independence to name a few. This blog is going to focus on the maturity in the aspect of spirituality.
What is spiritual maturity? It’s not about age, brain development, or culture, but about being like Jesus Christ. (Eph 4:13-15) Spiritual maturity is growing closer to being Christ-like. What does that mean? Being mature in Christ, means you are serving, loving, being compassionate, have a heart for justice, committed to the body of Christ, and able to forgive others. Those are a few, not everything, of Christ’s qualities that we receive through spiritual maturity.
Showing Maturity For Your Family
Maturity is something that is always growing in us, but spiritual maturity is something that takes a bit more of an effort. As parents, we should be striving to grow into Christ if not daily, it should be at the least regular action in our weekly life. All people are different in their spiritual pilgrimage; some of us have been Christians a long time and some are new, so there is no scale of maturity that tells you where you should be.
Though it is different in every case, the fact is that we should be all be growing toward Christ and making it evident when our children are around. There are a couple of reasons why this is important. First, it shows our children the value of faith growth. Telling your children, what are things you are hoping to mature in like, patience, helps your family know the importance of growing qualities of Christ Jesus. That leads to my second point, is that it helps them see progression. The church, in general, is a little reserved when it comes to acknowledging the need of maturity. The church expects that we are all at a certain level of maturity. No matter, whom you are in the church, you haven’t reached full spiritual maturity. You can be an elder, a minister, or the oldest baptized believer; you are still immature in some areas of spirituality. Being honest with others and talking about your progression is not something to be embarrassed, because we are all in the same boat.
What are some ways, you can show the value of spiritual maturity to your family? Feel free to let me know in the comment section.