There comes a time when we must grow up and leave our childhood skeletons behind. Moving forward requires us to take responsibility for our own thoughts, attitudes, and actions. It necessitates shedding our tendencies to blame others, to whine, to be co-dependent, to make excuses, and to continue in our negative habits.
Growing is a life-long process, but, if it is occurring, there will be evidence of it in our changed behavior. As a mature individual, being child-like can be refreshing; however, being child-ish can be inappropriate.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man I put childish ways behind me. (I Corinthians 13:11)
In many respects, we grow spiritually without giving it much thought, like a plant that develops in a healthy environment with enough water, sunlight, and fertilizer. By being in the proper spiritual environment such as hearing and studying God’s Word, Christian fellowship, and prayer, we place ourselves in a healthy position to develop spiritually.
However, as long as we still have breath there will be three forces working against us spiritually – the world, the flesh, and the devil. The world, our culture, and our surroundings woo us away from our moral compass. The flesh (our own human desire) lures us to please only ourselves. And, we have an enemy who is a liar and a relentless bully. He wants to stop us from doing the right thing.
As Christians, we are not left alone and defenseless; we have a God who cares about our growth and development. However, life is a series of decisions that we must make. In both the natural and spiritual realm, we have to make a decision to put on our “big-boy” pants, and move in the opposite direction of those forces that hinder us. That could mean demolishing guilt, shame, pride, un-forgiveness, resentment, grumbling, ungratefulness, and more.
Are you feeling hindered in reaching spiritual maturity. What are you doing about it? It is up to you… If you belong to God, you already have everything you need to become spiritually mature. Examine your heart and demolish those things that thwart you.
If you cannot honestly say you belong to God, would you like to do something about that? For more information, send me your questions/comments at www.dorothyruppert.com/contact-dorothy.