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Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Maturity has been correctly identified as the acceptance of responsibility. On the other hand, immaturity has correctly been identified as selfishness. The simple reality is that we all deal with areas of childishness and irresponsibility in our life, but we have been given the choice of whether or not they remain a part of our life. The poet Ogden Nash once said, “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” And, if you look around, I’m sure it won’t take you long to find a lot of examples of that. What I want you to understand today is that maturity and immaturity are both choices.
1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
Today, we’re focusing on verse 17 where the Bible says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” The Bible makes it very clear that at the moment of your salvation, God begins a work of transformation – a process through which we begin to look more and more like Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:29 says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…”
1 John 2:5-6 says, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
The word reflection means “a serious thought or consideration.” Personally and spiritually speaking, it is when we make the effort to examine the condition of our own heart and to evaluate our choices by the principles of Scripture. It’s when we give God the opportunity to reveal to us who He knows that we are so that we can become what He desires for us to be.
Psalm 139:23 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 119:59 says, “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.”
The pinnacle, or apex, of spiritual maturity is Christlikeness. But here’s the thing, Spiritual maturity can only begin when we first swallow our pride and start being honest with ourselves about who we really are.
Romans 12:1-3 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,which is your reasonable service.And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
Then, once we begin to see who we really are compared to Christ, we must understand that spiritual maturity takes time (a lifetime to be exact) and a lot of hard work.
The Apostle Paul said, in Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of Dan Dumas who wrote, “Immaturity is available for any and all who do virtually nothing about it. Maturity, on the other hand, is the fruit of days and hours of walking in the Spirit, a steady and intentional pursuit of Christ, developing a biblical value system, a healthy disdain for even respectable sins, and strong effort to kill our besetting sins – or, as the Apostle John categorizes them, idols of the heart.”
Let me encourage you today, stop lying to yourself about who you really are and stop comparing yourself to those around you. Allow the life of Christ and the Word of God to be the benchmark by which you gauge your walk with God. Determine that you want to look like Jesus and then daily dig in the Word of God to see exactly what that looks like
Until next time, good day and God bless.