Spiritual maturity requires yielding

Fellow disciples, let’s talk about maturing in 2013. Our ultimate goal is to be in the image of Jesus, and that is best achieved through daily transformation.

Does Jesus expect his disciples to mature? Let’s answer this definitively — yes, he does. If we’ve claimed his blood to wash away our sins and if we think we have any claim to Heaven, then the expectation is that we’ll be conformed to the image of Jesus. (See Romans 8:29.)

What is the best way to mature? Well, we can attend the “school of hard knocks” and learn through trial and error. (We strongly encourage you to avoid this very popular, tuition-free school.) We can try our absolute best, make a little bit of headway and then get overwhelmed by things beyond our control.

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