Part of maturity is achieved in the way we think. Immature thinking usually has very short, temporary vision which only wants immediate gratification, rather than considering the long-range impact of our decisions. Consider the wisdom Jesus refers to in this verse:
““Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24). In this case, a wise person is one who hears the words of wisdom and then puts them into practice immediately. That is an evidence of maturity. The immature do not place value on the Word of God and think they can postpone acting on what they heard or read. As time goes by, the importance of what they heard becomes less and less until it is totally forgotten.
“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like” (James 1:22–24).
The deception comes from not seeking the wisdom of God (1:5) so that we receive and apply truth as soon as it is given us. The “doers” will build a solid foundation in their souls and lives which will protect against the subtle, and sometimes, violent storms in life. Make sure your spiritual foundation is rock solid. Then your future will be unshakable.
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