Featured in the May, 2014 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
The apostle Paul wrote that we should be “no longer children”, and “we are to grow up” (Ephesians 4:14, 15). The apostle Peter indicates we are to “grow in grace and knowledge” (II Peter 3:18). Here are some marks of spiritual maturity:
1) Have a Sense of Identity. Know who you are! Are you definitely saved, born-again, a child of God and are you clear about your identity as a Christian believer. The apostle Paul wrote, “I know Whom I have believed” (II Timothy 1:12). You should have unwavering faith in Jesus as your Savior and make open confession of your faith (Matthew 10:32, 33).
2) Live a Well-Ordered Life. A haphazard life with lots of loose ends is a mark of immaturity. The Scripture instructs that everything should be “in order” (I Corinthians 14:40). Be sure your life is well-glued together with a schedule for your time and a budget for your money.
3) Have a Sense of Purpose. Immature people drift aimlessly from day to day, month to month and year to year. The apostle Paul knew why he was living and so should you. He said, “For me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21).
4) Have a Concern for Others. An infant is totally self-centered. A mature person understands that he is on this earth to help and serve others. Immaturity is marked by selfishness and maturity is indicated by otherness. No sooner had Andrew come to saving faith in Christ than he immediately went and found his brother and brought him to the Lord (John 1:40-42).
5) Obedience to God. The immature procrastinate and rebel. The immature are sure that their way is right. The mature are submissive to God. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Believers should not be satisfied with remaining “infants in Christ” (I Corinthians 3:1), but, should move on to maturity in the Christian life.