But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
—2 Peter 3:18
The method of maturity in the Lord is intimacy with Christ. The consequence of maturity is obedience to God out of our love for Him, not merely out of duty. We cannot “be imitators of God” if we do not know God. We cannot know God if we don’t spend time with Him in prayer, in His Word, in His presence. As parents, we can’t expect our children to grow up and be responsible, effective adults if we don’t love them, nurture them and give them the tools for adulthood as devout followers of Christ. God expects the same kind of growth from His children because He loves us with an everlasting, flaming, unstoppable love. He gives us the tools in His Word which is “God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” (2 Tim 3:16). He fills us with His Holy Spirit as the ultimate life coach and Counselor extraordinaire, equipping us with His encouragement and the very mind of Christ. If we do not mature, it is not because God is to blame. What spiritual “age” are you? Are you still an infant, a rebellious teen, or an older, wiser, seeker of the face of God Himself? None of us have arrived– but God is waiting for us to continue the journey of maturity in Him. ”…Grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ…” (Eph 4:15).