When Are We Mature?
Thursday - May 14th
Today's Scripture to Read: Ephesians 4:13-15
...Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge
of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to
the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
A recent OnePoll study found that the age we determine we are old is 57. Yep, psychologically, physically, and sociologically fifty-seven years of age begins our elderly years. AARP tells us we join the ranks of the older class at 50. The typical age of retirement is 65. But research says the average person begins to feel the effects of aging at the 57 mark. But, does that mean you are old or that everyone feels old at the same time? When I was a young pastor, I played golf one day with three guys who were in their seventies. A guy a little older than me, but much younger than my golfing buddies, walked up to us on a tee box. He had recognized one of the guys who had been a referee in his high school basketball days. He called the old referee by name and then asked him how old he was now. My friend, the former referee, responded with an ornery smile on his face, "I am a 17-year-old trapped in a 72-year-old body." We all laughed. But, there was truth in what he said. He was seventy-two, but he had energy and drive, and as a young man, I struggled to keep up with him. Aging does have some apparent factors that none of us can escape, but a lot of aging has to do with our attitude or outlook in life. We have all met folks who are young that act like they were much older. We have also met people who were older and failed to act their age. When the Bible talks about spiritual maturity, the emphasis falls on our attitude and posture. Those who are mature are described as growing and changing - becoming more like Jesus. Those who are immature have become stagnant in their spiritual lives. They have arrived at some spiritual milestone and are content to stay there. They stop growing. Paul told the Ephesian church that the focus of our lives should be becoming mature in the Lord. If we fail to grow, Paul warns that we will be like spiritual children. That immaturity will cause us to be tossed around in what we believe and how we live. The key is to keep changing, to keep putting ourselves in a position where the Holy Spirit can transform our lives. To do that, we need to read God's Word, talk to Him in prayer, worship with fellow believers, serve others, and connect with other believers to pour into each other's lives.
How about you? Are you being tossed about by all kinds of doctrines? Have you stopped growing? Have you settled for a particular spiritual milestone? Keep growing. Don't let anything deter you from maturing in Christ! If you think you have arrived spiritually, you are spiritually immature. If you continually seek to grow in the Lord, then you are spiritually mature!