Exercise and practice are essential in spiritual growth (1 Timothy4:7).. Train yourself to be godly
Maturity is a state of something , of someone getting close to every qualities.
Spiritual Growth is the development in the goal to reach into maturity , in the Bible , it s called Perfection. It s good to differenciate worldly maturity and Christian s maturity.
When we are born again Christians , as child of God we are immature.With time we should develop qualities that Bible characterizes as Mature. Some Scripture show us the importance to to grow spiritually and mature. the Book of Ephesians 4:14-15 says , let s not be children but we ve to growth, we ve to bcme mature in Christ.
And 2 Peter 3:18 encourages us to grow in the Grace and knowledge of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. So we can t really be Mature Christians without knowledge of Jesus Christ. That knowledge is the truth and the Bible says we will know the truth and it will set us free in (John 8:32)
Some Christians evaluate Spiritual maturity only on the basis of capacity to identify biblical personages, to interpret biblical passages, to quote biblical versets, and to explain biblical theology. These capacities are a proof of spirituality because it s Spiritually that we understand the word of God ..but it sn t a proof of maturity. We need obviously the word of God to Grow , to develop day and night , we need to be deeply focus in the meditation as (Josuah 1:8) says Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” we have lot more of passages in the Bible as (Psalm 1:1-3 ) ”Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinnersor sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
But maturity asks variety of experiences with God , for a real maturity. The first gift that God gives to his Children is his Spirit and we know the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” The fruit of the Holy Spirit is the result of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the life of a Christian. The Bible makes it clear that everyone receives the Holy Spirit the moment he or she believes in Jesus Christ and One of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit coming into a Christian’s life is to change that life to make that life grow
So in plus of Bible study , Maturity asks experience of Adoration , ministery , Communion with brothers and sisters , experience of evangelisation , of Love , peace , kindness , goodness , of gentleness , of self control of faithfulness..
A Mature christian do more thant study the Bible and Meditate , He Experiences it . We can experience it as well through difficult time , persecution , tentation , because when we go through , we break through with Jesus we cme out victorious and we grow.
God has given us a his Spirit with a purpose.If we take out experiences in process of christian s grow , it will remain only a sterile faith and intellectual faith that can be appreciated but not Practice.. that is why (James 2:26 )says: ”As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” and in the book of Deuteronomy 11:2 ” Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the LORD your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm”
that we remember what have learn concerning God by our experiences with Him.. this Passage can remind us disciples in the school ofspiritual growth and maturity..they had some problem to understand…they received a teaching from Jesus and going to practice with Him .they went with Jesus in experiences of Heaing..miracles , miracles…. and some time they even had lack of maturity to call fire to burn (Luke 9:54) When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” and Jesus rebuked them .. Disciples Lived in Live great miracle , experiences , testimony with Jesus.
There is Lessons that we learn through hard or paintful experiences (Proverbs 20:30) ”Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.”
Spiritual maturity asks a heart that worship God , that adore God, building affection with others , by using gift of Holy Spirit , sharing Faith with People who don t know God , who aren t christians , saved , praying for them.
Some lie themselves thinking that what they need to gro , be mature is only assist bible study and take nots .. and (James 1:22) says ”Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Bible study in itself won t produce spirituality , and won t make us grow , be mature , in fact it ll produce the fruits of Flesh if it isn t put in practice..because study , read the word of God without service , without practice produce usually Christians with attitude , behavior of judgement and spiritual pride.
Christianity isn t a philosophy that we only study and study , but Christianity is a relation (John 14:20-21) ”On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” , it s a Life (John10-10) ”The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” A relation must grow as christian we should bcme mature we should work , practice and practice..God wants us to be mature , to grow , from the state of milk to the stae of solid food .
Love , Give and serve are words that are used to desribe a Christian s life as well Faith.. We definitely have to put the word of God in practice it s the only way that will make us be Mature. from the old Book still the new Book , we see how Men of God even some Women had experienced so many things..they went through different steps of adoration..worshiping , obedience..and their lifes was transformed , they bcme so mature that God workeg with Them more and more , used them .
As a baby need things , care.to grow physically Christians need some activities to growth spiritually as well and bcme mature. The goal of a Baby is to grow and bme mature , so same Christians..and for that Christians should really have the Desire to grow.
We as Christians wont grow except if we want (1 Peter2:2).. we have to desire the pure milk..
It s so easy to be baby , no responsibility , everthing is done for the baby ..but stay baby isn t a goal of life but it s to grow and be productive.. So as Christians , we have to be Productive , we have to put the word of God in practice , it s how we will be productive.. we have have been predestined to be Children of God , and we have to stay awake , daily , work , meditation ,use armor of God in every situation to grow , victorious and mature . (1 Peter2:21) we have to desire to be mature , spiritually mature.
Some once get in the maturity might lost it again..some Christians think not to need to work for that , because they have it already..But the Bible says Growing is constant every day.
(Philippians3:12-14) Paul himself says not have got the perfection
(Matthew 26:31) Peter though he was strong enough , to have got in the level of maturity to not be ashame of Jesus..but he denied to know who is Jesus.
We have to desire to grow , as Christians we have to accomplish great thing with God , we can have wonderful experiences with God , we can have a life that shine with God but it takes works , it asks practice ..as Children of God His Spirit is in us and work with us..but we have to allow Him as we meditate day and night and grow spiritually but as well put it in practice day and night to grow in maturity and enjoy Salvation.