If you were to ask me last year my definition of this term, it would have been different. But just as we mature as adults in regular mundane things, the same goes for our spiritual growth. You should never remain a seed in the ground or a bud in a tree. Your desire should be to develop and flourish. To me, that’s what spiritual maturity is.
Scripture tells us that we can’t just be hearers but we also must be doers of the Word of God. When you begin to use what you’re learning from the scriptures in your everyday life, that’s when you mature. Because it’s no longer a mirror you look in and forget when you walk away. But His word finally becomes your word.
Once you make this transition, that’s when you begin to grow. Some of you reading this may find yourself in this place of stagnancy. You live a life of worship, you praise God and you even fast and pray. Yet, nothing seems to change for you. Today I want to encourage you to begin taking those lessons you learn in your intimate time with God and apply them to your everyday life. I’ll add some questions below in the reflection section to help you get started.
It’s time you walk with God everywhere you go and in acknowledge Him in everything you do.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
James 1:22-25 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
What is a spiritual truth that God has recently revealed to you during your intimate time with Him? What does that truth mean to you? If you could simplify this truth and apply it to your life, what area would that be? How could this truth shape a new understanding of that particular area? In what way can this new found wisdom help further your walk with God to become a hearer and a doer of God’s word?