What is Spiritual maturity?
We all want to grow up spiritually. We read our bible, we spend time praying & worshipping God, we go to church and hopefully we do it because we want to develop spiritually, we want to grow up.
We ask each other the question, are you growing spiritually? but the question is what is Spiritual maturity/growth? Many of us think this way. Well last week I read my bible (prayed, worshiped) for 10 minutes, this week i read for 20 minutes, whoa I’ve grown up spiritually, not necessarily.
Before we see what spiritual maturity lets see what spiritual maturity is not.
- It’s not making more noise in the church. 1 king 19: 11-12 Eg. You know pastor when I first came to church I was like a scared pussy cat, but now I can shout praise the Lord and amen. Well you have learnt all the spiritual jangling, but that doesn’t mean you’ve grown up, you are just making noise. We also know that empty vessels make more noice. We mistake noise, fire thunder etc with the voice of God but really God is in still small voice.
- It’s not manifesting gifts. Eg. 1 Cor 1: 7. They lacked no gift but in the same book to the same people Paul addresses them as babies. 1 Cor 3: 1.
- It’s not doing more ministries. It could be just being more busy.
So let’s understand it very clearly because then we can truly evaluate, whether we are reading bible, praying, going to church, etc. whether all that are really causing us to grow up spiritually, so that we can have some matrix in our walk with God.
Let’s look at three Greek words which are used very often in the context of spiritual growth.
- Teleios – Complete, of full age, full grown.
- Pleroo – To fill up, to be full of, completely filled up.
- Katartizo – Thoroughly equipped, to be fully trained.
Keeping these words in the background, let’s start our journey through Scriptures.
Matthew 5: 48 Therefore you shall be perfect (Teleios), just as your Father in heaven is perfect. Jesus is telling his disciples to be mature as His Father is mature. God is not a child He is fully grown adult, He doesn’t behave like a child. Many a time we try to have a childish relationship with God, God you do this for I’ll do this for you. You give me this I’ll give you that. God does not play childish games. He is fully grown adult.
Colossians 1:28-29 – Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect (Teleios) in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Paul is not laboring and striving to present babies to Jesus. Sometimes we run churches like have a big nursery, every Sunday you come have your bottles, have your nappies changed, see you next Sunday. Make you feel good. Paul should be the motivation of leaders to warn and teach so that you can present your people perfect and mature (fully grown) before Christ.
In part 2 we will see 7 characteristics of spiritual growth, and understand what it is truly means to grow up spiritually from the Bible. Follow the blog for all the blog updates. Blessings
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