When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. —1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV)
Being a child is one thing but maturity, full development; perfected condition, is another thing altogether. This is a level of life the Christian should seek to reach. Here are some basic steps that will lead one to become a mature Christian.
1. Recognizing and accepting Jesus as Lord;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.—Romans 10:9
This is where it all begins. There is no way to reach maturity as a Christian without becoming one. Many talk about and claim to be a Christian because of the church they attend, family belief, or even because they believe God exists…but none of this will make you a Christian. You must make the decision to receive Jesus as Lord of your life.
(If you have not truly done this, stop now, ask Jesus to come into your heart, and become your Lord and Savior, and then click here and pray the prayer I have there to receive Christ and to be filled with His Spirit.)
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.—John 3:3
The Kingdom of God is the spiritual realm where God resides and in which the Christian operates. We, as Christians, are expected to dominate in this earth’s realm…not the other way around. We must receive the free gift of righteousness, through faith, and walk in the newness of life in order to mature as a Christian and to make a difference in the arena of life in which we live.
2. Spending enough time in prayer and meditation of the Word to get revelation;
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.—Joshua 1:8
The Christian life is first of all…a spiritual life. It is the ultimate deception to believe otherwise. Everywhere we look, people are overwhelmed with the natural aspect of our lives without the understanding that everything starts from and is grounded in the world of the Spirit. We must believe when we envelope ourselves in prayer, walk in the Word, and the Spirit of God, we can and will mature and prosper for “…men ought always to pray, and not to faint.”—Luke 18:1-3.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.—Psalms 1:2-3
Don’t be mistaken, it is time spent in the Word that will ground you and cause you to have a fruitful life. God’s Word is so vast that there is no way to comprehend it all, and it also has the power to bring itself to pass. Learning how to break down scripture and exercise great use of it may endear you to people but it will not help you when you need deliverance in your life…you need to get revelation of the Word you learn by meditating in it to receive revelation from God.
3. Walking in the truth that you know;
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.—John 8:31-32
Christian maturity has its roots grounded in the Truth of God’s Word. The time spent gaining revelation of the Word cannot be understated and should not be misunderstood. It takes the Word to save you, keep you, and make you a strong and relevant Believer in the Lord Jesus. There is nothing that can make the difference in your life as an understanding of the Word and insight into it…not just what it says but what it means!
Consequently, my friend, fall in love with Jesus and His Word, it will be the best thing you’ve ever done…it certainly has for me!Have Faith1st ©2013 Faith1st Ministries Click the logo below to listen to my audio podcast
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Excellent article on Christian maturity. It doesn’t happen overnight, but the journey is worth the wait.
Thank you Barbara, and yes it definitely is!
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I stumbled upon this today and thought it was awesome and wanted to share it. Have a great Friday…..
Hello! I just wanted to say thank you for re-blogging my post! I am honored that you liked my post on “Steps Towards Christian Maturity” enough to re-blog it…It is an honor to have someone share what I’ve written with others and I appreciate it! May God’s blessings be yours! –Sebastian
Thank you for the witness! Blessings!
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Hello! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing the link to my post as a related article to your post… I appreciate it! May God’s blessings be yours! –Sebastian
My brother, Sebastian. Had to come on over and check you out! Good stuff…………love what I am reading and hearing! If you ever come to the DFW area, make sure to let me know! Keep your peace!
Thank you so much, I am happy you stopped by! I haven’t been through that way in quite a while but I am open to any opportunity the Lord has for me!
Love all of this! Really opened mine and William’s eyes 🙂 Thanks so much!
You’re welcome…it is my pleasure!
I just found your blog. You have great wisdom and insight. Keep up your excellent work with your ministry. I am doing a series of blogs on how Christians can embrace doubt to grow to a greater faith maturity. I would appreciate any insights you have.
Hello brother William! Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words…I really appreciate them. I have been a little behind on my reading and responding, but i look forward to getting a good look at your posts as soon as I can. Blessings to you sir!
Great post…..I also enjoyed your audio on finding strength in weakness, May God continue to expand your ministry. ~Sincerely Cindy
Thank you Cindy…I so appreciate it! Blessings to you as well!
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Great post brother. It is an interesting analogy as we must humbly become like children for Jesus and also dismiss our past desires as fleshly driven children. (Matthew 18:3)
Indeed, we must be broken down so we can be brought up by Christ (2 Cor 13:9, Matt 23:12)
Thank you Connor! You point is so right, we absolutely must lay down those things that make us confident in ourselves and trust totally in God to use us according to His Will!
Wonderful word, brother–yours, and HIS! God bless you–Happy Friday!
Thank you and blessings to you as well!
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