Scripture Passage: Philippians 3:12-16“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press ontoward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained."
Devotional Entry: Spiritual maturity. It sounds fantastic and I’m sure it’s all something we desire to exemplify. But let’s face it, we all have areas in our lives where we need to mature; especially spiritually. I think we all have a lot of knowledge or can imagine what being spiritually mature looks like but spiritual maturity is not solely based on your knowledge. Maturity is often knowing the why and the how. It’s having a greater understanding and perspective and then being able to execute it in real life. In its simplest form, spiritual maturity is becoming more like Jesus.
First and foremost spiritual maturity is being in alignment with God. It seems obvious, but even with good intentions it can sometimes go off course. It isn’t just about looking good or seeming like a “Good Christian”. Instead a result of spiritually maturing is that good things will be produced naturally.
Second, everyone is at a different degree of spiritual maturity. No one is better than another who may seem more or less mature. We are all responsible for ourselves and our personal walks with the Lord. We are called to sharpen each other. So, how do we get there? How do we get to a place of spiritual maturity or how do we grow in our maturity? Well, that’s the space between. Between where we are now and where we want to be, or more importantly where God wants us to be.
This space between is a process of maturing. It isn’t the absolute or only way, but it is one way to help grow in this space we have. It begins with being willing. Do you want to align yourself with God? Is spiritual maturity really something you desire or is it just a “good idea”? What is stopping you from diving into the word, spending time in prayer, talking to someone about your walk with Christ, or asking questions? Just start by opening up a little and let God into the process. He will move more mightily than we may expect and in ways we might not be able to think of.
Challenge:Sit with the Lord. Bring your life, worries, joys to Him. Think about the questions above and ask the Lord to meet you in those areas.