Maturity is a process without time limits
Posted: Thursday, November 3
Verse of the day:
You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. (Hebrews 5:12)
There seems to be a cloud hanging over the heads these people due to their immaturity. The writer of Hebrews makes several very important and insightful observations about this problem. First, there is the clear suggestion that age, in and of itself, does not produce maturity. It is amazing how many of us think it does. We love the thought of inevitable growth as we grow older—having walked this earth for x amount of years. How often have you said, just give me time. And in that time I will outgrow my hot temper, my cutting tongue, or my jealous spirit, etc. But time by itself never brings about maturity.
An additional observation we can glean form this passage is that spiritual immaturity is self-identifying. There are several characteristics that provide a simple test that anyone can take to determine whether he/she belongs in this classification of spiritual immaturity. One is, there’s an inability to instruct others. The writer says, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others.” Yet they can only understand the simplest of doctrine. They need milk, the writer continues, instead of strong meat, (solid food). Another characteristic is they do not understand God’s program resulting in right conduct, because they themselves are children when it comes to spiritual things and want only the milk. And still another characteristic is an inability to discern good from evil. They may be tagged as consecrated blunderers. They mean to do right, but are continually doing the wrong thing, creating problem situations, and difficulties with others.
To truly mature we need to open ourselves up the leadership of the Holy Spirit—allowing God’s Word to put Its finger on areas of our lives that need to be worked on. We need to stop clinging to things that are in opposition to Kingdom principles—this is where the inability to discern good from evil comes into play—we’ve allowed gray areas to confuse our hearts.
Remember, maturity is a process without time limits.