Were Paul and the other apostles the only ones concerned about being mature? Notice the words of Jesus as He taught the disciples on the mountain:
“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
The word “perfect” (teleios) means to “be mature, grown-up, genuine, and true in behavior.” God the Father is the only model and example to follow. As we read the Sermon on the Mount, we see that Jesus gives details so we will know what this maturity looks like. It will almost always be the opposite to what we normally think and how we behave. Our sinful nature must be put to death by the Spirit and we allow grace to train us “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12).
Spiritual maturity will always reflect God the Father in some way. Many use the excuse that Romans 7:7-24 shows there is the “law of sin” in us that makes us do what we don’t want to do. But that excuse does not stand up when we “serve the law of God with [our] mind” (7:25) and “be transformed by the renewal of [our] mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (12:2).
Let the Spirit through the Word of God renew your mind and develop maturity in your life.
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