No one can grow spiritually who lacks the assurance of salvation. Feeling that you’re a Christian or hoping that you’re destined for Heaven will never give peace of mind that you’re right with God. The Bible teaches that if you have received Jesus as Savior, then you should know that you have… John 1:12 says - “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” 1 John 5:13 says - “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”
Once secure in Christ - The Christian life is a progressive movement toward spiritual maturity. Your experience of following Jesus should be taking you somewhere. The goal ought to be that you are being “transformed” into the image of the glory of God.
The question that needs to be asked is, what do spiritually mature disciples – or at least disciples who are moving toward maturity – look like? Well, some of them look like people who once did not know how to control their anger, but now they understand how to maintain self-control. Other growing Christians look like people who at one time struggled and lost against any sin that you can imagine, but now in the strength of Christ, they are living lives that are well-pleasing to God. Spiritual maturity does not mean sinless perfection. What I am talking about is maturity, where you bring every area of your life under the control of Jesus Christ.
So what is maturity? Very simply, it is growing to the place where you think, judge, and react biblically to every situation. When it is the rule and not the exception for you to apply the Bible to your life; when you place every area of your life under the lordship of Jesus Christ. The Bible calls it Christlikeness, because Jesus is intent on making you like Him. Who else is worthy for you to pattern your life after?
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