THE GOAL: SPIRITUAL MATURITY

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 4:11-16

“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13)

God’s goal for our lives is clear — “For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29).  God desires us to be like Jesus!  This is the goal of our sanctification.

We have been told in Ephesians that Christ gave pastors to His church, whose primary responsibility is to equip the saints for ministry (vs. 11,12).  As the saints are being equipped for ministry, the body of Christ is being built up (v. 12).  The goal is spiritual maturity.  This maturity is manifested when “we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.”  This means that we trust Jesus fully and that we understand His character, power, love and grace.

The goal is lofty — “to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”  Of course, this is impossible in our own strength.  But remember what we have been told — “that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (3:19).  Christ dwells in our hearts through faith (3:17).  We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).  Thus, spiritual maturity involves drawing off the presence and power of Christ. We must acknowledge that our sanctification requires faith in Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20).

As we learn to trust Jesus more and more, we will no longer be children in our faith; rather we will become mature.  We will be settled in our core beliefs and not “tossed to and fro  by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (v. 14).  In other words we will be discerning and wise.  We will test what we hear and read by the truths of God’s Word.  We will be grounded in our faith.

Sanctification is a life long process.  It involves trusting Jesus to form His character in us; but it also implies effort on our part — “work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12,13).  We must spend time in the Word and in prayer.  We need to be part of a Christian community where we can grow together.  We should look forward to corporate worship each week and be participants in it.  God has provided these and other means to help us grow.

Lord Jesus, I know Your goal for my life is to become more and more like You.  You want me to be spiritually mature.  Fill me with Your fullness.  Give me the power and faith to grow in my faith.

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