Growing Up In God
“Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;” Col 1:11 (KJV)
As believers in Jesus Christ, it is important for us to understand the importance of our spiritual maturity. Perhaps some may ask, “Why should I be concerned with growing spiritually? I feel like I am alright just the way I am. I’ve been this way for years why change now? Why is it important for me to focus on spiritual maturity?” Spiritual maturity is necessary in order to know the will of God. Progressing in spiritual maturity will enable you to discern God’s will and it will allow you to surrender to God’s will. Spiritual growth allows you to see that God’s way is best. You also need to grow up so that you won’t be led astray so easily. Satan wants to lead you astray by twisting the word of God. He will try to deceive you with things that sound reasonable, logical and true. Satan is subtle and he will try to pull you away little by little. He’ll even attempt to get you to compromise on the things that will contribute toward your spiritual maturity.
A little boy fell out of the bed in his sleep. His father picked him up and put him back in bed. He asked him, "Son, what happened?" The little boy responded, "I fell asleep too close to where I got in."
I believe that describes too many Christians today. They have fallen asleep ‘too close to where they got in’. They have made so little progress since they were saved, they’re still close to the edge and therefore, in danger of failing and falling out. You must be committed to spiritual growth so that these things don’t happen to you. Perhaps others are wondering, 'How can I grow?' That’s a good question! If you are going to grow you first need to recognize the need for it. It’s been said, 'Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness.' Spiritual maturity is not automatic; it’s a choice. I need to be devoted to growth. I need to realize the benefit of it. That’s brings me to the phrase called ‘intentional living’. You also need to have patience along with passion and you need to understand that spiritual maturity is a process. So If you are going to be spiritually mature you have to want it, be patient in your pursuit of it. You must understand that God’s plan for me involves change. Notice that seems to emphasize patience and longsuffering. Paul tells us that the road that leads to spiritual maturity is not always an easy and smooth road. Paul stated that if you would grow up in the Lord then you will have to be equipped with the ability to endure some stuff, some unpleasant stuff. There are just some things that you’ve got to learn to put up with. We need God’s strength and glorious power so that we will not give in to the pain, hopelessness, and helplessness we feel, as we are confronted with the doubts that haunt us while we deal with our struggles, conflict, pain, disillusionment, and even despair. “. . . patience, longsuffering, with joyfulness” are the characteristics of those who walk worthy of the Lord. They are a part of the maturation process.