Spiritual Maturity

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3 June 2024

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13-15)

Spiritual maturity is not about the number of calendar years that one had lived on earth. We have seen little kids manifesting in an uncommon wisdom and we have seen old and knowledgeable people that are doing unbelievable dumb stuff. Spiritual maturity is not also about high educational level that someone had attained. Many professors in our generations do not know nor believe in God. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” (Psalm 14:1)   Spiritual maturity is not about being a physically hard-working individual because one can be foolishly working hard in the wrong direction.

Spiritual maturity is living a glorious life in the grace of God. It is an ability of managing our endowed wisdom and acquired knowledge in the fear of God bearing all the odds and inconveniences in a tolerable mindedness. Spiritual maturity is making right choices under the fear of God with the grace He had bestow upon us. King Solomon was endowed with wisdom by the Lord God Almighty but did not manage his wisdom under the fear of God. Sadly, the king disobeyed God and married strange seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines from idolatry background.

Spiritual maturity is time sensitive. It is doing the right thing at the right time for the benefit of others, self as well and ultimately for the glory of God without being told and without being supervised.  Spiritual maturity is a mark of dignity and tolerance under pressure.  At the Cross of Calvary, during His intense and excruciating pains and pang, Jesus Christ was bearing the burden of the sins of mankind, yet He still prayed for sinners saying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing.”

Spiritual maturity is operating in righteousness and holiness under an absurd and discouraging situation.  Joseph would not succumb to the pressure of the infidelity of the wife of Potiphar because he was spiritually mature.  Spiritual maturity is comfortably operating under the fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) Spiritual maturity is knowing God and do His blessed will. “ … but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. (Daniel 11:32) Spiritual maturity is growing in grace and living in the revelation of the truth and mounting spiritual height toward the mountain top of our calling in the Lord. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:5-8) 

Forgiveness unto people for their wrongdoing is the mark of spiritual maturity. Joseph did not allow resentment of the wickedness of his brothers in the past to cloud his spiritual vision and judgment. He still forgave them their sins of selling him off to slavery to the Egyptian. “And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 43:4-5, 7-8) 

It is always the desire of the parents that their child become mature.  It is also the desire of God our Father we, His children are able to step into the status of maturity and do the will of God. Jesus Christ taught His disciples for a period of three years. One day He called the twelve and sent them out two by two to go and preach to people. “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1-2) From this passage one can identify that preaching the word of God to the perishing word is heart-beat of God so that the ungodly may hear the word and turn from their destructions. Praying unto God at the crossroad of our ministries in the Lord for His divine intervention and concerning our spiritual needs is also the desire of God. “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:9-13)

Identifying our inheritance in the Lord is the mark of maturity. Oneness in the Lord, holiness and sanctification is our inheritance. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us …” (John 17: 17-19, 21) Manifesting in the Spirit of the of the Living God is also the inheritance of a mature child of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples that they should remain in the city of Jerusalem until they receive power from on high. “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49) This spiritual enduement manifested upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost as our Lord Jesus Christ promised them. “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:2-4) 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, endow me with the power to grow in grace, in the wisdom of God and in the ability to do Your blessed will so that I can attain the spiritual maturity under the fear of God that will bring forth glory to God in Jesus name.  Oh Father, let me be able to walk into the spiritual inheritance of holiness, righteousness and sanctification that you have earmarked for your children in Jesus name, Amen.

 


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