Growing in our faith, means growing in spiritual maturity. Spiritual maturity is not about age, it is not about achievements, and it is not about appearance.
Here are some markers of spiritual maturity:
– You can serve without needing recognition. You may have the serving thing down pat, but if you still need people to recognise you and acknowledge you for it, then you are missing the point. Colossians 3:23 says, to go about your job as if you are doing it for God, not for man. This is a very liberating place to come to as you no longer become motivated by the applause of man, but instead you work FROM the approval of God, FOR His glory!
– The highs and lows of life don’t throw you off track. You will notice that babies cry hysterically at the drop of a hat, over something quite simple – like food or dirty nappy. As we grow and mature physically and emotionally, painfully crying over small things like a milk bottle shouldn’t happen any more. Spiritually speaking, as we mature, we develop a resilience and consistency within us where the trials and tests of life don’t impact our walk with God. We should know how to celebrate on the mountaintops of life and walk with God through the valleys. We aren’t in, then out, up, then down, committed and then uncommitted. We don’t crumble under pressure or drama. We are strong in the Lord!
– You don’t fear when situations are out of your control. You trust in the faithfulness of God to pull you through all seasons and circumstances. You have seen him do it before, and you trust the nature of God to do it again. Rather than worry, you pray and trust in the sovereignty of God. God is your reference point, not the media or the news or the atmosphere in the office.
– You value the unseen and simple things. Much of growing up is unlearning things – detangling the simple things that we have complicated. Maturity is understanding that often times the most valuable things are not the glamorous, exciting, mountain top moments of life, but in fact the private, simple, personal and deep times spent in meaningful conversation with God, and people. Things like prioritising quiet time, prayer, studying the word of God, being generous, worship and community. These are the things that count. Consistent intimacy with God is utmost priority. The simple gospel.
– You listen more than you speak. When you are secure, know whose you are, and walk closely with God, you don’t have the need to always been seen and heard. You are comfortable with shifting the focus from you to others. It doesn’t have to be about you. You listen to understand others. You listen to learn from others. Maturity understands that your perspective is limited, so you are eager to glean from others.
So how do we mature?
1. Time with God
2. Time with His word (the Bible)
3. Trials and tests in life
A daily devotion for a better way of living.