Growing in Maturity
Humans are meant to grow, mature, and fulfil the purpose for which they were created. The same is true for Christians.
Our journey to maturity is marked with both steps forward and steps backwards.
One day last year, during my holidays, I explored the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. I was particularly fascinated by the collection of bonsai trees. Bonsai is a time-consuming hobby where trees are kept small on purpose and made to appear like miniature, mature trees. It is a process that is all for show and the trees no longer fulfil the purpose for which they were intended.
Humans are meant to grow, mature, and fulfil the purpose for which they were created. The same is true for Christians. We are on a growth journey. The theological word for this is sanctification. It is from the word sanctify which means to be set apart or be made holy.
At our conversion we are justified. We are as right before God as we will ever be. We have the righteousness of Christ. So we are holy and being made holy. I know that sounds like an oxymoron but that is how it works. Our journey to maturity is marked with both steps forward and steps backwards. Hopefully, as you look back over your life you can see growth.
We are still early in 2024, so a good time to put things in place to facilitate spiritual growth. The tools for growth are prayer, bible reading and bible study. There are many tools available to assist you to grow, including books and apps for your device.
Let us join together this year and grow to maturity as a church and as individuals.