MATURITY

READ: Hebrews 5:12-14

For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age…

Hebrews 5:13-14

The Bible calls new converts spiritual babies. They are not born spiritual giants or spiritual adults! It is therefore important that they mature spiritually. “As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, THAT YE MAY GROW thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).

When you reach the stage of maturity, you begin to love the meat of the Word. Bible study and the teaching of the Word are what enchant your spirit.

Because the church comprises many babies and children, a large number of Christians are not interested in the teaching of the Word. They want something dramatic and spectacular. A mature person understands the deep things of the Word of God. He knows that he cannot live on signs, wonders and miracles; it is the Word that matters.

Another important feature of a mature person is that he is skilful in the Word of God (Hebrews 5:13). To be skillful in the Word means that you are able to share the Word of God effectively with others. When you become skilful in the Word, you begin to teach and preach! Do not make a mistake; every Christian is supposed to develop until he is able to preach and teach. It is not only pastors who are supposed to preach the Word of God. Preaching and teaching is characteristic of the mature stage of Christian development.

Keep on growing spiritually until you are able to preach and teach the Word of God. Move on from there to the higher realms of ministry that God has for you!

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