Everyone wishes that they were further along in their spiritual maturity with Christ. Including me!
This is the time for a personal assessment of the stage of spiritual growth.
Before change can begin, we must first know where we are...right? Here
is where we take a look into our personal mirrors and evaluate
ourselves. Before we continue, we should be able to clearly define our
position on the spiritual growth pole, and this e-book can help .
Adulthood is Spiritual Maturity: the level that every Christian should strive to attain.
Is it possible? Absolutely.
Did anyone achieve it? Uh huh.
As a perfect example let me speak on a man whose life was an open book: plastered across the pages of the New Testament for all to read.
Nope, it won't be Jesus Christ time.
Although Christ is our perfect example, I prefer to use someone else. Someone who experienced sin, and as a matter of fact, he aided and abetted a murder at one point in his life. Have you guessed my chosen man for the hour?
His life is a perfect example of how God takes someone and does a complete transformation. His existence shows that this stage of spiritual growth is not out of the reach of anyone.
It is attainable; and it is possible. He was a man, just like every one of us, living on this earth. However, as he applied himself to the things of God, and the things that lead to Spiritual Growth, he began to grow.
Let us examine Paul before he met Jesus:
It is amazing to note that he also studied the First 5 books of the Bible which is called the Torah. Back then this was a very prestigious act, and he was considered to be a man of great knowledge of the scriptures. However, as was previously mentioned, knowledge does not automatically give you Spiritual Maturity.
However, from the day when he met Jesus Christ, his transformation began, and as he applied himself to the word of God, he was never the same again. Paul exhibited some very exceptional traits of spiritual growth.
These spiritual fruits will grow in the lives of any individual that is maturing. So how did Paul get to this final stage of spiritual growth?
How did he turn from bad to good?
From violent to a peace maker?
Was it overnight? No, it was not. It took a process. It was a constant work-in- progress. In his very words he said :
Philippians 3: 12 - 15 (Amplified Bible)
12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.
13 I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
15 So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.
Just as it was for Paul, so it will also be for us all. We are all clay in the potter’s hand and we are all a ‘work-in-progress’.
As we continue on please remember that every individual experiences different measures of Spiritual Growth. One might grow from newborn babe, through childhood, in Spiritual Maturity much faster than another.
It is all dependent and how much we apply ourselves to the things of God. As you use this list of spiritual fruits above as your spiritual growth measuring stick, it will show your progress.
Looking back at the spiritual growth traits that Paul exhibited, when we can genuinely say that we have begun to experience one, may be more of these attributes in our lives, then this is an absolute indication that we are experiencing spiritual growth. Imagine the time when all of these attributes begin to flow freely and effortlessly out of you. What a great day that will be.
I have only given you a summarized version of this stage of spiritual growth called 'Adulthood'. In my second e-book, you’ll not only learn more about this level but but you will get content-packed advice on how we can achieve it!
Now It's Time To Take The Test!
Table of Content
Stage 1 of Spiritual Growth: New Born Babes
Stage 2 of Spiritual Growth: Child Hood
Stage 3 of Spiritual Growth: Adult Hood
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