I once read that the objectives of Christian Education are to help persons become believers, mature as believers, and learn how to live as believers. Today I want to talk about what it means to "mature as believers." I think we would all agree that maturity has nothing to do with age. Maturity is based more on your actions and reactions to life experiences than how old you are.
Where are you in your maturity level in Christ? Are you growing old or are you growing up?
Are you just growing old in your faith? Maybe you have been a Christian for a long time but your actions and reactions don't reflect your faith in Christ. Are you growing up? Are you continually learning, seeking after God, seeking to become more and more Christlike in your actions and reactions to things?
Maturity is a choice, a deliberate process of bringing all of our life before God and becoming more Christlike in our actions and attitudes.
In Romans 6:1-4, 11-14 Paul gives us the challenge of maturity. We have died to sin, how can we live in it any longer? Christ was raised from the dead so that we may have newness of life.
Maturity is not something that just happens because we have accepted Christ. It is a deliberate process of setting our mind on the Spirit and not on the sinful nature.
Unfortunately, it is not always that easy. Romans 7:15-24 relates the struggle we can encounter as we strive to live in Christ.
The challenge of maturity: You have died to sin! Set your mind on the Spirit. The reality of maturity: It is a struggle.
But there is hope. In the struggle we have victory. Romans 8:1 reminds us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:26-27 reminds us that the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:28 reminds us that all things come to good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:31-32 reminds us that God is for us! Romans 8:35-39 reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
In life, we judge our maturity by how independent we are and our ability to take action and make decisions on our own. But maturity in Christ is the opposite. In Christ we judge our maturity on our ability to recognize our total dependence upon our Lord.
Maturity is choice, a deliberate process of bringing all of our life before God and becoming more Christlike in our actions and attitudes.
Are you just growing old or are you growing up?