Stages of spiritual growth (3)
What makes you a spiritual adult?
Knowing God; it’s that simple! But this raises a question.
How can you know that you know God intimately?
It’s like a good marriage: two people fall in love and become so close that each one knows what the other is thinking and feeling without a word being spoken.
But such intimacy is not developed overnight. It’s the product of time spent together and commitment to each other! Paul speaks about, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him. For to us God revealed them through the Spirit’ (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NAS). The mature follower of Christ sees things the human eye can’t see, hears things the most acute ear can’t hear and has thoughts they didn’t originate on their own. That’s because God’s indwelling Spirit is helping them to think God’s thoughts. What an advantage!
You’ll know you are spiritually mature when God lets you pick up on thoughts and insights from His Word that go far beyond what someone told you, or what you heard in a sermon. That’s because the Holy Spirit is now free to send His message clearly and directly to you. In other words we will ‘know the things freely given to us by God’ (1 Corinthians 2:12 NAS). But that means we have to be close enough to hear God speaking to us. Such intimacy doesn’t just happen. It’s not an afterthought. It must be your number one priority and the consuming passion of your life. Is it?
‘I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning.’ 1 John 2:13 NAS