Why am I so complacent about spirituality?

What is Spiritual Maturity? How can I become spiritually more mature?



Spiritual maturity is achieved by becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. After salvation, the process of spiritual growth begins for every Christian with the intention of spiritually maturing. According to the Apostle Paul, this is an ongoing process that will not stop in this life. In Philippians 3: 12-14, he tells his readers about having complete knowledge of Christ: “Not that I have already grasped it or am already perfect; but I chase after him to see if I can take hold of it, because I am moved by Christ Jesus. My brothers and sisters, I don't judge myself to have grabbed it. But I say one thing: I forget what is behind and reach out to what is ahead and hunt for the goal that has been set, the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ Jesus seek deeper knowledge of God in Christ.

Christian maturity requires a radical reorganization of priorities, moving from complacency to being pleasing to God, and learning to obey God. The key to maturity is persistence, perseverance, in the things that bring us closer to God. These practices are referred to as spiritual discipline and they include e.g. Bible reading / study, prayer, fellowship with other Christians, service and guidance. No matter how hard we try to do these things, we cannot do any of it unless the Holy Spirit within us enables us to do so. Galatians 5:16 tells us to walk in the Spirit. The Greek word translated as "to walk" actually means "to walk with a purpose". Later in the same chapter, Paul tells us again that we should "walk by the Spirit". Here, the translated word "walk" has more of the idea of ​​doing things "step by step, one at a time." It's about learning to walk under the direction of another - the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the mind means that we are walking under the control of the mind. As we submit more and more to the control of the Holy Spirit, we will see that the fruit of the Spirit will increase in our lives (Galatians 5: 22-23). This is a characteristic of spiritual maturity.

When we become Christians, everything we need for spiritual maturity will be provided. Peter tells us: "Everything that serves life and piety has given us its divine power through the knowledge of him who called us through his glory and power" (2 Peter 1: 3). God alone is our resource and all growth is obtained through grace through him, but our responsibility to choose to obey him is ours. Peter helps us in this area: “So apply all diligence to it and show virtue in your faith and knowledge in virtue and temperance in knowledge and patience in knowledge and patience in patience and piety in piety and brotherhood in piety and love in brotherhood . For if all of this is abundant with you, you will not be lazy and sterile in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ ”(2 Peter 1: 5-8). To be effective and fruitful in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus is the core of spiritual maturity.

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What is Spiritual Maturity? How can I mature spiritually?
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