Paul has some strong words about this subject. “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.” (1 Corinthians 14:20). The context of this verse is in relation to the gifts we are given by God. Further to this point, Paul teaches that the gifts are used to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain…to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13). This confirms the point made a few days ago; we are “built up in Him (Jesus Christ)” (Colossians 2:7). Note the essential purpose of becoming mature:
- No one in the body of Christ is left out – “until we all”!
- We are maturing together so the whole church benefits.
- The standard of maturity is Christ, not some leader that is idolized.
- We will not stop working at becoming mature “until we all” arrive at a perfect reflection of Christ.