Are you growing into spiritual maturity? Before you answer, read these words: ‘Maturity is the ability to control your anger and settle your differences without violence or resentment. Maturity is patience; it’s the willingness to pass up short-term pleasure for long-term gain…It’s the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration without complaining or collapsing. Maturity is humility. It’s being big enough to say, “I was wrong,” and when you are right, never needing to say, “I told you so.” Maturity is the ability to make a decision and follow through with it instead of exploring endless possibilities and doing nothing about any of them. Maturity means dependability, keeping your word, and coming through in a crisis…Maturity is the art of being at peace with what you can’t change, having the courage to change what you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’ The Bible talks about milk and solid food. When we’re babies we have milk to sustain us, but when we start to get older we’re introduced to solid foods. In Hebrews it says: ‘For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognise the difference between right and wrong’ (5:13-14 NLT). When we first become Christians, we need the basics of faith. But to become spiritually mature, we need to move past those basic things. We need to let the teaching sink into us so that it changes how we live. The Bible says, ‘So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.’ Are you ready to take that advice today?
Drink a glass of milk before one of your meals today. As you’re moving on from the milk to the solid food, ask Him to help you become more spiritually mature.