Every Christian should desire spiritual maturity. But where does this maturity lead? Have you ever thought about the end result of spiritual maturity?
Paul did in Philippians 3:10-11. “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!”
Maturity doesn’t lead to privileges and prizes; maturity leads to suffering and death. The invitation we are giving you at Becoming More is an invitation that leads to destruction and resurrection. Destruction of the old self, suffering as you die to your selfish desires, repent of your rebellion, and be resurrected as a new person in Him. While we’re calling you to a maturity that involves sacrifice and suffering, we’re also calling you to a maturity that provides resurrection and restoration.
Many choose not to go down the narrow path toward maturity. They choose to stay infant Christians who expect to be fed, who think everything is about them and for them, and fail to see themselves for who they are and whose they are. They may think they are keeping themselves away from the suffering of maturation, but they’re willing victims of their own selfish nature and at the mercy of immature emotions and mindsets. Either way there is struggle – but only the path toward maturity leads to resurrection and restoration.
Will you continue with us on the journey of maturation? Will you continue to press in and seek to grow in your relationship with Christ so much that your old nature dies and a new nature will be birthed within you?
Author: Anne Bosarge