Growing in Spiritual Maturity
Most people understand the concept of growth in the
physical development of humans, and we know why it
is important. Babies are immature physically and mentally,
but we expect them to develop. If they don’t, there is a problem.
Spiritual growth is a similar concept but is far more important. Growth is development or improvement toward a goal called “maturity”. When one is “born again” as a child of God, we are spiritually immature. As time passes, we should develop the qualities or abilities which the Bible says characterize the mature.
Many Scriptures describe the need to grow and mature spiritually:
Ephesians 4:14,15 – Be no longer children, but grow up in Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 – but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:3 – The Thessalonians grew exceedingly in faith.
Many problems result when Christians fail to grow: some go back to the world, others cause strife because of ignorance or become stumbling blocks to others.
Just as a baby needs to do certain things to grow physically and so enjoy life to its fullest; so Christians also need to grow spiritually as well.
A story is told of a little boy who fell out of bed. Asked what happened, he said, “I guess I just stayed too close to the getting in place.” That is exactly why many people struggle after their conversion – they stay too close to the getting in place and do not grow in maturity.
By Jill Crooks, elder at Connect Baptist Church