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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Why Your Spiritual Maturity Matters

I remember having breakfast with a few Deacons at my church and the topic of 'should you or shouldn't you' came up. The context of the conversation was, just because you can doesn't mean you should. Can you watch scary movies? But should you? Can you watch some of the prime time TV shows? But should you, knowing some feed into a lustful spirit, or secular perversion? This is where spiritual maturation comes into play. It boils down to what are you feeding your soul. Or I guess another way to put it is what are you making your altar as my Youth Pastor would say. 1 Peter 2:2-3, says like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvationAs newborn babies. These words look back to 1 Peter 1:3, 23. through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope. As babies long for milk from their mother, their proper food at that age, we too must long for God spiritually.  The words 'of the word' is greek for logikon or logikós (log-ik-os'), which is means reasonable, rational. You can see the word is similar to logic, or logical as well. This is derived from the greek word lógos (log'-os)Lógos means a word, or divine utterance, which tells us there must be a reference to the Word of God. 

What does this all mean in regards to focusing on our spiritual relationship with God? It means if we are not properly feeding ourselves with the word of God, WE will be responsible for leading OURSELVES astray. Like a baby, when we are trying to give RJ what he needs to feel better, he fights it - vigorously. Likewise, spiritually, when someone tries to offer counsel, we reject it, adamant it would not work for us, or simply don't receive it. Ironically, we tend to find ourselves in the same spot down the road. Don't be that person. Life is just a vapor, a mist. Don't waste your life away because instead of getting spiritually developed you decided to get carnally plump.