One of the last statements given to us by Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew was; “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).
This statement is often quoted in evangelistic efforts, but rarely followed up on by new believers. They erroneously believe that the only thing they have to do is to give themselves to Christ and they are done. They do not realize, like new born babies, that their purpose now is to grow up into mature adults.
The part of Jesus Commandment that is extremely important is that we must ‘teach all’ that Jesus commanded which means that our personal mission is to study God’s word. Not some of it, but all of it. John adds some insight to the concept of spiritual maturity when in 1 John Chapter 2 he addresses Christian believers from a spiritual maturity point of view. ”I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.” (1 John 2:12). These are born again Christians close to the time they gave their lives to Christ. It matters not the chronological age at the time of acceptance of Jesus, you always start out as a child or as Paul states a babe.
The next verse begins with mature status and moves down to immature status. It applies to all Christians, men & women, no matter the age when the process of spiritual maturity begins. “I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.” (1 John 2:13).
Fathers refer to those who worship God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit, study His word from the beginning and pray. Young men are those who are aware that we are in a spiritual battle and have overcome the evil one and the temptations of the world. Children are all the others who know the Father, have given their lives to Jesus, experienced spiritual birth and are members of God’s family. But they are immature meaning, as an example, the inability to defend the faith.
As with our own children, we spend decades raising them, doing all that we can to help them become mature adults who contribute to society. We experience joy in the process, but the real joy comes when we are able to relate to our children as mature adults. It is then that we can have fellowship with them. Our objective as members of God’s family is to achieve similar results…to have fellowship with God.
This site is dedicated to that process. We provide Daily Messages, Lessons, blogs and a place to have your questions answered to aid and assist readers to mature in Christ. It never ends. Until the day we die and beyond, even after our presence with the Lord, we continue to grow in our maturing process.