He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
Any time we talk of maturity there must be growth. Christianity is not a place you jump in and settle, it is a process you advance in. You walk from one point to another. You grow from childhood to maturity. Therefore we need to keep going and not settle at the point where we came in.
You came in knowing only one Bible story and half a teaching of the church and that is okay. But it is not okay to continue staying at that level of ignorance, there is a need to grow. You knew nothing about church structure and leadership and that was okay at that time but not several years later since you came into the church. You need to grow!
A few years ago you were struggling with the use of cursing words, anger, or even pornography. It was ok to struggle with those things at that time, but now you should be experiencing victory. There is a need to keep growing and overcoming sin and sinful habits.
As you started you struggled with Bible study and prayer. It seemed mechanical and ineffective. Several months and years later, you should now have it as an enjoyable habit of your life. You need to grow in Christ.
For example, your biggest struggle was to return a true tithe and offering. You defaulted and tried again. That is how we all begin. But over time, you experience God’s blessings and you realize His promise to bless us when we give is true. Several weeks, months, and years later, you should be excited to give without coercion or struggle, that is growth. We need to grow in Christ!
Apostle Paul tells the church of the Colossians that the reason why he and others preach, admonish and teach is so that the church may fully mature. You cannot fully mature without listening to sermons being preached. You cannot fully mature unless you accept admonition from the pulpit. Admonish is to warn, reprimand and condemn bad behavior. Admonition brings growth to those who accept it. You cannot fully mature unless you are taught. You need to be taught church beliefs. You need to be taught how to evangelize. You need to be taught how to preach and teach. You need to be taught how to study the Bible. Without being taught you cannot grow in Christ. This is how to fully mature in Christ Jesus!
You need to ask yourself as I ask myself whether we are growing fully in Christ. Are we attending enough sermon sessions? Are we accepting correction? Are we being taught so that we keep getting better? Those are the conditions that will by the power of the Holy Spirit cause full maturity.
May God help us to examine ourselves if we are fully maturing. May God help us not to miss sermon time. May God help us so that we do not resist correction. May God help us so that we accept to be taught and we keep learning from reliable sources. May God the Holy Spirit facilitate our full maturity, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
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