The discussion was based on Hebrews 5:13-14 where the author says as Christians grow and develop, they should be ready for solid food and give up drinking milk like a baby.
Anything that is spiritual is not of this world. It is divine, heavenly and for the sake of the discussion, it is anything relating to God. Maturity is a word which has nothing to do with age; rather it has everything to do with growth and ongoing development.
Putting the two words together, we can conclude that “spiritual maturity” is simply the process of developing in one’s relationship with God and the things of God. From that brief definition, we can conclude that spiritual maturity is a process. One is not born with it, but one has to grow into it. To that end, we can say that spiritual maturity is ongoing and it begins when one accepts Jesus Christ first as his Savior and then lives by following the example of Jesus Christ. From that point on, there should be some signs of spiritual maturity.
Spiritual maturity is not automatic. A person must want to grow, decide to grow, and make an effort to grow. It requires a commitment to grow. One does not reach a certain point and then believe he has all the maturity he needs. As long as we live and breathe, we should always strive toward a deeper intimate relationship with God that results in spiritual maturity.
Spiritual maturity is not only for the pastors, preachers, deacons and Sunday school teachers. Spiritual maturity is available for all and not for the select few. Like natural maturity, spiritual maturity takes time.
A person cannot became a believer one day and reach spiritual maturity the next day. However, reaching spiritual maturity depends on what a person is to willing to do to attain it.
Spiritual maturity is the process of first living on milk, being still an infant who is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. However, as one grows and develops he is ready for solid food because now he can distinguish good from evil.
As a new believer, it is quite all right to be milk fed, but something is wrong if a person continues to be fed from a bottle and uses a pacifier. Instead, God expects us to put those things aside in the spirit just as we did in the natural. We are expected to chew on the meat of God’s Word.
The group concluded that spiritual should be evident in a Christian's life. Therefore, spiritual maturity is not what you BELIEVE but how you BEHAVE!
At the end of the lesson, participants were asked to mark on a continuum such as the one below where they thought they were when it comes to spiritual maturity.
You, the reader can do the same.
Next week's lesson is "Evangelism: Going Into All the World"