Spiritual maturity is acquiring full trust in God and His promises while living out the message of the Gospel. Essential elements of spiritual maturity transpire in relational contexts through healthy attachments within family, social systems, cultural, academic and/or faith communities. However, first and foremost, one can grow and become spiritually mature through a direct relationship with God who is the divine provider of wisdom and will lead one to discover necessary discipline. God is able to grow someone towards spiritual maturity according to His will regardless of the worlds expectations.
Consider how the world would live in better accordance if we gave each other the benefit of the doubt, especially when one is in a vulnerable situation. Be mindful by taking interest and time to listen to each others narrative story. When one is transparent and someone takes respectful time to listen, one can inspire and empower the best interest of the other by realizing this person is being courageous and in the process of spiritual growth. Be ready to notice the dynamic stirring of the Holy Spirit and invite life-giving conversations.
Humility is a human quality and often a result in one who has experienced pain and suffering; which also contributes as a movement towards spiritual maturity. Living with pain or embarrassment caused by the contexts of this world gives way to the longing for love and peace and serenity. When we are able to live in peace with God, we are in a better place to accept His plan for us and learn by accepting mistakes made by ourselves and others.
To be spiritually mature and live as a disciple requires discipline. Christ is our model for a spiritually disciplined life. It is of utmost importance as we walk with Christ and dwell with the Holy Spirit to maintain a personal plan of discipline. This includes engaging in both personal and community worship as well as setting aside time for meaningful conversations/prayer with both God, friends and family.
To be mindful of our commitment to God requires obedience and responsibility by holding ourselves and each other accountable to our actions in love. Consider discipline an aspect to love and a quality to maturity. However, I believe discipline is not rigid but fluid as we seek to live in a graceful and unified relationship with Jesus Christ and the world. Spiritual maturity is an ongoing process of transformation in faith; being loyal to God’s love and trust as we seek to take care of oneself in order to properly care for others. By passionately pursuing Christ over our personal will and truly turning our lives over to His will; one can discover His creation and purpose in us as we participate in wonderful and amazing creation. All while we live in loving relationship both with Christ and with each other as Holy fellowship.
Indeed, we are not to fear what the world brings but instead desire peace and live in God’s divine presence.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. (John 14:27)