Unmasked | Kryptonite | Spiritual Maturity
Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual, but as worldly—as infants in Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1
“Here you go, Jimmy. Here’s your bottle. Don’t cry.” The wails ceased and were replaced by gurgling sounds as Jimmy downed the milk. The playroom was littered with Playskool toys, discarded socks, and bouncy seats. An opened bag of diapers spilled its contents onto the floor. But instead of the traditional crib, a king-sized bed filled half the room and a 55” plasma TV covered one wall. Scantily-clad actors seduced the camera and pretended to engage in sexual activities while Jimmy gazed at the screen transfixed. If that scene is disturbing, it is made even more so by this fact: Jimmy is 40 years old.
Jimmy had refused to grow up, even though his body continued maturing. Chronological age does not necessarily indicate maturity. The same is true of our spiritual lives. Many claim to have been saved as children, but their adult choices do not validate that claim. Spiritual infants are satisfied with inspirational tweets rather than digging into the meat of God’s word. They cry and complain when the sermon goes too long, the music isn’t their favorite, or no one liked their ideas—just like babies. They expect to be served, rather than become servants and they cherry-pick the Bible for verses that support their selfish demands. We expect such behavior from brand new believers, but no one should stay that way. Grow up, Jimmy!
Final Thought: Continued spiritual immaturity is kryptonite to fulfilling our purpose.
Prayer: Lord, I’m ready to be honest with you and with myself. Am I behaving like a spiritual infant? Have I progressed in my maturity at the rate I should? Please forgive my selfishness and help me grow up. In Jesus’ name, Amen.