Spiritual Maturity

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“As we watch our lives in Christ unfold, as we hear ourselves saying no to things we used to say yes to, it’s almost like learning a foreign language. With constant use this new language becomes second nature. We don’t have to think, What’s the Spanish word for water? We just say it: agua. In the same way, we don’t have to think, How should I behave in this situation? We do or say as the Spirit leads and are amazed to discover we did something good and right.” ~Liz Curtis Higgs, The Girl’s Still Got It

I LOVE Liz Curtis Higgs. To me, she is a phenomenal writer, hilarious speaker, and all around Jesus-loving, God-fearing woman. I have read many of her books and was blessed to be able to attend her “Endless Hope” tour back in April. Seeing her live, meeting her in person lifted my spirits beyond belief.

Her quote above, written in an amazing book about Ruth, speaks of the spiritual maturity we try to obtain. Christ wants us to grow and mature as Christians and when we do so, He is overjoyed. Spiritual maturity happens over time, sometimes a long period of time. Spiritual maturity occurs by reading God’s Word, spending time in prayer with Him, and growing in our relationship with Christ. Our maturity is shown through circumstances. How do we react when we’re under pressure or great stress? People can know our maturity through our reactions.

Paul speaks of spiritual maturity in Colossians 1:28, “[Christ] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” (ESV) Once we become saved, our goal is to grow in our spiritual maturity. Christ wants us to grow in Him.

If you struggle with growing more mature in Christ, you can ask the Lord to help you grow in your maturity. He loves us and wants us to grow spiritually. He will give you the wisdom you need. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5, ESV

Blessings, dear sisters!

~Lauren Ray

 

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One Comment

  1. Natasha Grimes
    Posted May 17, 2018 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    There’s so much joy to be found as we grow in Him. Love your words today.

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