When does spiritual maturity become a reality in our everyday lives? When does spiritual things stop being a Sunday event only? It normally happens when we become serious about our spiritual growth and we finally set our sails to the direction Jesus is leading us in. Spiritual immaturity keeps us reckless and tossed here and there with no real direction or reliable compass to follow.
When we are in the permanent state of spiritual childishness it is easy to believe whatever comes along, no matter how ridiculous the proclamation. Eph. 4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming.
When we set our sails to what the word of God says, we begin to mature. The reason we start to grow up in earnest is that we are no longer deceiving ourselves by just talking about religious things, but rather, we begging to live out the conviction the Holy Spirit has placed in our hearts. James 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
Our sails are set and we grow from the blessed wind of hope moving us along in the will of God. When we become fully persuaded that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, then the joy of the Lord will be our strength. Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I received help. My heart rejoices, and I give thanks to him with my song.
On the contrary, it was proof that immaturity and childishness were still prevalent in their walk with Christ. Paul had to remind the Corinthian Christians that they were no longer heathens but had given themselves over to God for His purpose and calling. 1 Cor. 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
There comes a time to grow up and be in relationship with God the way we were created to be. This cannot be done by remaining immature and always in need of being rescued from our own stupidity. Be tactful and purposeful in growing in the Holiness of God. Set your sails heavenward and be the blessing God indented you to be.