Spiritual maturity

Hebrews 6:1 NLT

As children grow and mature, they progress from milk to solid foods. And in Hebrews, our spiritual journey is compared to this progression. The Bible says: ‘Anyone who lives on milk is still a baby and knows nothing about right teaching. But solid food is for those who are grown up. They are mature enough to know the difference between good and evil’ (Hebrews 5:13-14 NCV). If the only time we devote to our spiritual growth is the time we spend in church on a Sunday morning, we’ll never move beyond spiritual infancy. We need more than those church services and rushed moments with God to become spiritually mature. We need to be taking extended time out to build our relationship with God, and we need to be digging deeper into the Bible so that we can move on from the basic teaching. The Bible says, ‘Let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.’ Through reading more about God, and listening to Him speak, we can understand more about His character and His plans for us. And we need to be taking ownership of our own spiritual journey. We can’t rely on other people to develop our faith through talks, encouragement, or conferences. These are all great things to help in spiritual growth, but we need to make the decision to take our own steps to progressing spiritually too. Let’s be people who ‘delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night’ (Psalm 1:2 NLT). Let’s be people who make becoming spiritually mature a priority in their lives.

Gal 4-6; Mark 12:13-27; Ps 101; Prov 13:20-23