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Are you mature in your walk with God?

Are you mature? Maturing is a process that believers undergo as they develop integrity and authenticity in their relationships – learning to be honest, open, unselfish, humble and real with others.
It means hiding nothing, not being superficial. It means when someone says “How’s it going?” you honestly answer, “Not too well right now. Can we talk?” instead of saying, “I’m fine!” when you’re not. It means talking with someone with whom you disagree, even if it might be uncomfortable. Maturity honors others enough to work out the differences with integrity and authenticity.
Here’s what the Bible says about relational maturity: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Have you made an effort to encourage someone lately? Or have you been focused on yourself? Encouraging others is a sign of maturity.
Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ be ‘No;’ anything beyond this comes from the evil one, (Matthew 5:37). Have you been straightforward, honest and even transparent with others? Do you say what you mean and mean what you say? Or have you held in your disapproval, let it fester into resentment, and said what others wanted to hear, whether it was totally true or not? Straight talk, offered respectfully, is a sign of maturity.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29) Have you avoided rumors and gossip, and instead focused on saying what will help others in need? Or have you talked about others “behind their backs?” Have you kept your words clean, or have you used foul language or hurtful words to get what you wanted? Pure speech is a sign of maturity.
Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others, (1 Corinthians 10:24). Do you aggressively seek ways to do good for others? Or, are you spending your time, energy and money making your own life more comfortable? Selfless service for others’ needs is a sign of maturity.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Do you come to church to help someone else with their burdens? Or do you come to church expecting others to carry your burdens for you? Being willing to bear responsibility for your own issues while helping others with theirs is a sign of maturity.
There’s not room here to get into Matthew 18:15-17, Romans 12:6-10 and Ephesians 4:11-16. They speak of service for others, not a focus on self; respect and honor toward even those we feel have wronged us; seeking to lift up others while demanding nothing in return. They speak of maturity.
So, are you mature? Did these Scriptures and the questions following each one unveil some immaturity in your Christian walk? Or did they reveal an authentic heart of consideration for others that characterizes your relationships? No matter what these Scriptures uncovered in your soul, may they lead you to advance in your maturity in Christ, who is always ready to help you mature.

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