Pastor Pat Taiwo-Oguntoye
Spiritual maturity involves change from the inside out, brought about by the spirit of God impacting every area of a person’s life. We are developing the habits, skills, and character of a maturing disciple while providing accountability in the context of grace and love. Spiritual maturity depends upon in-depth understanding of God’s word. Hebrews 6v1 states that therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.
According to Hebrews 5 v11-14, V One major factor against growth is having dull ears. Babes will continue to struggle, while mature ones are already teachers. Babes need milk while mature Christians feed on solid food. Babes are not skilled in the works of righteousness, the matured are able to use their senses, and those who are matured can separate between spiritual good and bad. Immaturity is not by age alone, immaturity is the inability to learn and retain spiritual things. Some people are emotionally gullible, emotionally immature; this can be seen in Ephesians 4v14. Some are vulnerable to false prophets and sin, Gal. 1v6, some are totally dependent on their teacher, Hebrews 5v12. Some have the tendencies of not being able to control childish reactions, 1stCorinthians 3v3.
Everything a Christian becomes or accomplishes for the kingdom of God is only because of God’s grace and power. God is ultimately responsible for all spiritual growth, Isaiah 61v11. While God supplies the resources and enablement for our growth, we must supply the effort. You grow in to maturity when you put in effort, diligence, and discipline, 2ndPeter 1v1-11. Growth also occurs with frustration, suffering, and sometimes challenges, Phil. 3 v10-11.
My dearly beloved, spiritual maturity depends upon in-depth understanding of God’s word, Consistent intake of spiritual nourishment is the key, Matthew 11v28. As you continue to grow in the Lord, the Lord will uphold and strengthen you in Jesus name.
God bless you!