‘But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.’
2 Peter 3:18
God’s desire for every Christian is that we are to grow. The reason so many Christians have become cold and hard hearted is because they have failed to mature spiritually. Spiritual Maturity is not measured by a person’s age, but rather by the spiritual growth that is evident within their own lives. When a plant begins to show signs of maturity is when it begins to produce fruit. I would have to say that same goes with Christians. Spiritual maturity is exhibited when the believer starts to bear fruit. The question now is “how do we go about growing?”
First, we need to understand that our growth and spiritual maturity is based on the development and deepening of our relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with Jesus Christ is deepened and developed through three avenues:
- Trust: Our relationship with Christ will never go beyond the level of trust we have in him. Without trust there is no relationship.
- Time: The only way a person can ever learn about another is to spend time with them. We will truly know a person until we start spending time with them.
- Talking: Communication is the key to building any lasting relationship. Without communication relationships never deepen nor will they develop.
Second, I believe the foundation of our relationship with Christ is based on our prayer life. The prayerlessness of a Christian leads to a powerless lifestyle. Prayer is something that God just automatically expected a Christian would do. He put it in the same category as breathing. When we pray we need to implement three basic practices:
- We Schedule a Time
- We Select a Place
- We Script a Strategy
Those that fail to plan will plan on failing. Without a proper prayer strategy then we will become defeated. We must not take spiritual warfare lightly. Those who are not mature enough to handle it could possibly become a casualty of war.
- How would we recognize Spiritual Maturity?
- What are some of the most important aspects of prayer?
- What would a proper prayer strategy look like?
- What are some other areas outside of prayer that effect Spiritual Maturity?