Why Mom Was Right About Maturity
Have you ever seen someone act out and said to yourself or maybe even out loud, you need to act your age?
Maybe it was a grown man pouting because he didn’t get his way.
Maybe it was a grown woman gossiping like a 13-year-old.
And if you are a mom, you definitely know what I am talking about.
We know there are certain expectations that come with age. You don’t expect to see a 15-year-old getting fed by his mom at a restaurant. Or you don’t expect a dad to be carrying his 17-year-old daughter in and out of the car.
We expect a natural progression of characteristics, abilities and actions as kids get older. With age comes a certain expectation of maturity.
This makes complete sense to us physically, but somewhere along the way we missed the connection spiritually.
The expectation of maturity is true for us physically and spiritually.
[Tweet “With age comes a certain expectation of maturity. -1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.””]
Spiritual people or infants in Christ
1 Corinthians 3:1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
The reality is that this is not a new issue. Paul is dealing with this in the letter that he sent to the Church in Rome. Paul says that he wants to address then as mature Christians but he can’t. Instead, he has to address them as infants in Christ.
Paul expressing the spiritual expectation that we express when we see and adult acting out of their age physically. And in 1 Corinthians 13:11 he goes on to describe how even he has gone through the progression that he expects from those in the Roman Church, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”
Somewhere along the way we have come to believe that faithful church attendance is a good indicator of spiritual maturity. But that person’s generosity has never increased, their service has never increased, their attitudes have not changed, their bible reading has never improved, and their prayer life is still more like an email conversation than a conversation between a father and his child.
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[Tweet “Are you maturing spiritually or are you settling being an infant in Christ? – 1 Corinthians 3:1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.”]
God wants you to mature
If you are ready to move past infancy, God is waiting and has promised to meet you where you are. He has also put other people in your life to help.
- James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.[spacer height=”20px”]
- James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.[spacer height=”20px”]
- Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[spacer height=”20px”]
- 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. [spacer height=”20px”]
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.[spacer height=”20px”]
I’ve also been thinking and praying about putting together a course to help motivated but overwhelmed Christians see that their faith is more about a relationship with God than a checklist of rules, so they can begin to experience the freedom and joy that can only be found in Jesus.
Comment and let me know if this is something you or someone you know might be interested in.