Spiritual Maturity

I Cor. 3:1

We know that the church at Corinth was filled with all sorts of problems. However, it wasn't just because the church was located in Corinth; it was because of the maturity level of the believers who made up the local church. It is God's purpose for all of us, who have put our faith in Christ, that we become more and more like His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Then, His purpose is that we reproduce His life in the lives of those around us.

Gal. 4:19, "My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,"

Col 1:28, "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:"

The word 'perfect' signifies having reached its end; complete and mature. The phrase 'present every man perfect in Christ Jesus' means building the principles of God's Word into a person's life so that he is equipped to respond to any situation with a Christ-like attitude. That is the purpose of God for the local church! Our level of spirituality is directly related to how much we become like Christ.

Ep. 4:11-13, "And He gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:"

God uses a number of ways to accomplish this task. He allows problems, irritations, and responsibilities to come into our lives so that we are motivated to search out His Word and develop to the full potential that He has for us. He knows that if left to ourselves many of us would only develop a small portion of the aptitudes, abilities, and capacities which He has given us. Spiritual maturity is not something that we can gain overnight! There are many things that hinder us from growing and becoming like Christ.

I. The Society in which We Live.

II. Our Backgrounds can Hinder Our Spiritual Growth.

Are we growing in Christ? If not, is it because of some of these hindrances? These are not excuses, because everyone of these things can be overcome by the power of Christ! However, we need to be honest with ourselves...if we are not growing and becoming more like Christ each day of our lives we are not fulfilling God's purpose for us.

Are we doing all that we can to bring those around us to maturity? Our husband, our wife, our children, our family members, our friends, our neighbors, and our co-workers. It is truly a great task, and it is not one that will be completed soon...it is a life-long challenge for all of us.