Maturity in God
“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ” (Colossians 1.28 NIV).
Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is the first step in our walk of faith. Jesus explains that we are literally “born again” spiritually. Therefore, we are newborns when we begin our journey of salvation on earth, and our relationship with God the Father is very fresh and immature. Just like a baby, a new Christian must be nurtured gently into the things of God. Once we have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we can walk through the process of becoming fully mature. This means we may experience our spiritual babyhood, terrible twos, childhood, adolescence, teens, twenties, midlife and seasoned ages with the Lord. There is no way that a person can skip from infancy to maturity overnight unless God puts him/her through a pressure-cooker of circumstance. Most of us wouldn’t want to mature so quickly, and God would have to shower down His grace onto the soul who does. Rather, we want the experience of reaching every milestone in our Christian faith as we become more like Christ. Knowing that we will not become a spiritual powerhouse overnight relieves the anxiety of trying to be something we are not. It is better to have a true evaluation of where we are in our spiritual maturity, allowing the Holy Spirit to grow us according to His will for our lives. We are called to grow in maturity—not instantly become mature. We trust that God will be patient with us as we are becoming fully mature in Christ throughout every stage of our Christian walk. Also, we can rest in the yoke of Jesus, knowing that if we follow closely to Him, He will get us where we need to go and the burden of maturing will be manageable until the day we get to see Jesus face to face (Matthew 11.30).
“Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’” (John 3.3 NIV).