Spiritual maturity does not happen instantaneously.
As Christians, we rely on the Lord to give us the power and the wisdom we need to make mature choices. Growing in the grace and knowledge of God requires dedicated time every day reading, studying, and meditating on God’s word, fellowshipping with believers, serving the body of Christ, praising him and most importantly praying, all in his Spirit’s power.
Growing in spiritual maturity will only take place when we have a desire to grow, which translates in spending time with God. We must actively practice what we learn through repetition and perseverance and develop the skills necessary to instill the word in our hearts. In 1 Timothy 4:7, we are exhorted to “train ourselves to be godly.”
I was recently reminded of a truth that Andy Stanley said. “Spiritual maturity is measured in terms of persevering faith, not perfect behavior.” Everyone has experienced spiritual maladies, and we must know how to overcome these issues with strength that is provided by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16).
Recently, I struggled with spiritual burnout. I was over-committed, had a lack of enthusiasm, and wanted to be left alone. I am so thankful the Lord knows our weaknesses and struggles.
During this season, through his gracious leading, God helped me overcome my situation as I read and meditated on the rich truths of Scripture. The time I spent with him in the Scriptures encouraged me and strengthened my resolve against the enemy. Revelation grew, my thinking was reshaped, and God provided the comfort and hope I needed. Throughout the process, I grew spiritually by persevering and leaning into God.
Dear Lord, thank you for helping me grow spiritually in my walk with you. Please give me the wisdom to make the right choices every day that will draw me closer to you and lead me to become a more mature believer. Amen.
Throughout This Day: How much do you trust the Holy Spirit day by day to deepen your faith and enable you to walk more obediently in his strength? What are ways that you can grow in this area?
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