Ephesians 4:14-15 “We are not meant to remain as children but to grow up in every way into Christ.” (Phillips)
As we get older we should stop and look in the mirror. The Mirror is a reflection of who we are, and the one thing about a mirror is that it does not lie. It only reflects what it sees and will give you back what you present.
Did you realize that God wants you to grow up? I have a friend who works at the Medical Lake facility for those with developmental disabilities. I went out there one day with him and saw men and women with mature bodies, but immature minds. It was tragic. One young man looked to be in his late 20’s, in a wheelchair. The aide would place a plastic ball in his lap, and he’d try and try to knock it off with his hands. Sometimes it would take him a full minute. Sometimes it would take him 3 or 4 minutes.
If we look at arrested development mentally, physically, and think, “How tragic,” what must God the father think when he looks at arrested development spiritually? Here’s a question for you…
B. What is Spiritual Maturity? Being like Christ
Eph 4:13 until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.(NLT)
According to this verse, you can define spiritual maturity in one phrase. That phrase is this: Spiritual maturity is being like Christ.
Most of us want to grow. Most of us want to mature. Most of us want to be like Christ. Many times, we don’t know how to get started.
C. Overview: Seven Habits of Maturing Christians
We will focus on the Seven Basic Habits every Christian needs to develop in order to grow to spiritual maturity. My goal is to…
Equip you with the skills you need to begin these habits
Explain the tools you need to continue these habits.
1. In order to grow we need to eat—The Bible
2. In order to grow we need to breathe—Prayer
3. In order to grow we need good spiritual hygiene—Confession of sin
4. In order to grow we need a caring family—Fellowship
5. In order to grow we need regular exercise—Service
6. In order to grow we need protection—Temptation
7. In order to grow we need to give—Stewardship