Life is in stages of growth and development. Growth is one of the characteristics of living things and any living thing that does not increase in size and weight is dwarf and looses value and will lack appreciation; pretty soon it will be abandoned and destroyed.
No parent would like a redundant child. Growth is always expected.
Surprisingly, even non living or inanimate things grow also. Organizations, industries, networks, customer base, viewer base and lots more are always expected to grow and increase from one point to another, from strength to strength.
If inanimate things such as those mentioned above are expected to grow, how much more living things that possess the inert efficacy to grow and it comes by default, needing no catalyst.
Growth is expected in both spiritual and physical things; as a matter of fact, even “dead” things such as rocks metals, artifacts, antiques are assigned age; age, a feature that can be assigned only to living things. Growth therefore is most expedient and greatly anticipated.
Growth results to development, there could be growth without development but the opposite is not possible.
Growth and development equals Maturity.
An increase in size and weight, and harnessing, developing and optimally utilizing of potentials positively is Maturity.
Long ago, I came across a saying; “growing old is mandatory; but growing up is optional”
From the above saying, one cannot escape aging and the benefits it comes with and also the detriments it eventually comes with; however, there is more to growth, such a thing called development is required and a collation of both (growth and development) is even best.
The putting into use of skills and knowledge acquired in the process of growth and development, in a bid to function as demanded is called maturity.
Maturity/ Matured means to have or show the mental and emotional qualities of an adult; having a fully grown or developed body; grown to full size; having reached a final or desired state. It is the quality or state of lacking no wisdom
Maturity is imperative and prognosticated, both for animate and inanimate things.
One of the characteristics of living things is the ability to reproduce. Just as God asked man to multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it. It is demanded of man to have offspring. This offspring however does not grow and develop into maturity spontaneously. It takes time and process.
Since the physical things of this earth are a reflection of that which is in the spirit, we can say that maturity is both physical and spiritual. It’s like a coin; there can’t be one side without another.
Just as a new born baby is expected to grow, develop and mature, likewise is the same expectation on a believer that comes and accepts the salvation Jesus offered on the cross as well as the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
It is alright to come to Jesus the way you are, but it is not acceptable to remain as you are.
There are believers who have been in the faith for years and decades and have very little or nothing tangible to show for it, while at the same time, there exist other folks who have been around for a relatively shorter period of time, yet have several visible and tangible evidence to show their translation into light and submitting to the Lordship of the person of Jesus Christ.
In one of my pieces, “When is it Rightly the Word of God or Sorcery (II)”, I clearly brought out how acquaintance and a truce with God’s word, consistently dwelling in His presence and developing relationship with the Holyspirit works out maturity in any man.
Diligence and willingly yielding to a course over time births the reality of that very course.
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe,” 1Thess 2:13
“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus,” Phlm 1:6.
The word of God works effectually in us, to the intent that we become just what God would have us be.
This is exactly what God would have us be:
“8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he captured captives; he gave gifts to men.” 9 Now what is the meaning of “he ascended,” except that he also descended to the lower regions, namely, the earth? 10 He, the very one who descended, is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things. 11 It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. 14 So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes. 15 But practicing the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ, who is the head. 16 From him the whole body grows, fitted and held together through every supporting ligament. As each one does its part, the body grows in love.” Eph. 4: 8-16
A careful examination of the above quotes verses makes it clear to us that after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he ascended and gave gifts unto men, gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These are often referred to as the five-fold ministry. These are saddled with the responsibility to ensure that the saints are equipped for the work of ministry, to build each and every one of us, bring us up to a point where we attain true unity of faith in the knowledge of the son of God, becoming MATURE and attain full stature in Christ, so that unlike reeds, we are solidly planted and rooted, firm and unshaken.
My first publication “That They May Be One; Feasibility” does Justice to the issue of unity of the faith.
To be continued……………………