Friday, April 25, 2014

Maturity in the Faith Part 1

     The society we live in today wants us to be more mature. Of course, by mature I mean mature in the world's eyes. According to the world, maturity is learning to accept everything around you, and to learn how to not offend others. Maturity to the world is learning how to get your way and speak your mind in a way that lead others to believe that you're right, and to set you above them. To the world, maturity is about raising yourself above others. The more mature you are, the better you an do this. However, this is not maturity as God sees it.

     Hebrews 5:13-14 says, "for everyone who lives on milk in unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." See, the thing about maturity is that it isn't about how you feel, but how you act. I mean, have you ever noticed that the Bible has morals that even people who don't believe in God follow? That is because with studying and following the Bible comes understanding. The more we study the Bible, and the more we practice it, the more we understand others, and the things going on in the world right now, and the things that happened in the past. Maturity isn't in what we think of ourselves, or how much money we make, or even how much knowledge we have. See, that's the thing about knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is having the information while wisdom is knowing how to use it. We can study the Bible all we want but that won't get us anywhere if we don't apply it to our lives.

     Today I want to encourage you to not only read your Bible, but to study it and to live it in your daily life. I want to encourage you to mature in the faith, because your physical age has nothing to do with your spiritual maturity. You can be 10 years old and more spiritually mature in your spirituality than a 90-year-old. So today, I'd like to encourage you all to keep growing, and studying, and praying, so that you can grow in the faith daily.