All to often, I’m told that I’m “acting immature” (usually by my older siblings…and it’s probably true at that point)! But then again, we have to have our fun!
What exactly is ‘maturity’ though? you’ve probably heard it from teachers and parents and have a rough idea of what it means. But let’s get a dictionary definition in there anyway. To be mature is to be fully grown and developed. In the case that we usually hear it, it is in terms of our mental state.
But what is it to be spiritually mature? Well, it’s to be developed in our spiritual state. When there is a baby, we can’t expect it to have the mental capacity of a 30 year old. That would be ridiculous! It’s the same for a newly saved believer. They are a new being in Christ and are just learning. As they grow in the things of Christ, they become more spiritually mature. We read about this in 1 Corinthians. Paul is talking about how at the beginning of our spiritual lives, we need ‘milk’ (simple things) that will help us grow before we can have ‘meat’ (more complex things). “I fed you with milk and not with solid food” (1 Corinthians 3:2) Understand the baby analogy now? And the only way to mature and grow? Keep reading, praying and learning!