Overcoming Spiritual Immaturity

Overcoming Spiritual Immaturity

If you are interested in growing in your walk with Christ spiritually, take advice from Jesus.

In Luke chapter 8:4-15 Jesus tells the crowd a parable, it is as follows, PLEASE READ OUT-LOUD:

“While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. When he said this, he called out, Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.
His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said....

“The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”

All people who hear the word (church-goers) fall into one of these categories, which is indicative of our faith: 

1. [Sinners] A person who hear the word, but they don’t believe and thus are not saved.
  • How is the devil able to takeaway the word from sinners, when it come to salvation? Lack of understanding, and knowledge about salvation, which comes from the word. As mature believers, we have to have compassion with sinners, who are seeking salvation. 
2. [Backsliders] A person who hears the word with joy, but because they don’t have root, in times of testing they fall away.
  • Why do they fall away in times of testing? Lack of understanding, and knowledge about faith, as it is the root/foundation. As mature believers, we have to share the foundation of faith. Please read the article I wrote titled foundation of faith.
3. [Adults, who are babes in Christ] A person who hears the word, and during their walk they get choked by life worries, riches, and pleasures and they don’t mature (spiritually).
  • Why are they choked by worries, riches, and pleasures? Lack of understanding, and knowledge about fear. As mature believers, we have to share the foundation of faith. Please read the article I wrote titled foundation of faith.
4. [Spiritually mature] A person with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, RETAIN the word, and BY PERSEVERANCE produces a crop.
  • Why are they able to produce crop? Jesus wants all believers to be spiritually mature; “solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14. 
I am spiritually mature. While we all have to overcome fear to be spiritually mature, the issues stemming from fear maybe different from person to person. We overcome by our faith as stated in 1 John 5:4. I’ve spent approximately 10 years as a backslider and I’m 30. Jesus never mentioned that believers had to go through the first 3 stages in order to reach spiritual maturity . Unfortunately, I did go through every stage. I spent 10 years as an adult babe in Christ, because I lived in fear, despite thinking that I was living by faith in Jesus. I’m now, spiritually mature and I am have never felt so free or so at peace; yet at this very moment, I have a lot of reasons not to be from a natural standpoint. I am able to praise God despite of my circumstances because I truly believe the promises of God are for me.

While, I am spiritually mature. I still don’t know everything about the word or the power of God. I’m a student of the Holy Spirit, and with an eager heart I am willing to learn.