Apostle Grace Lubega
Romans 8:14 (KJV); For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
The Greek language has several words used to refer to children. These are huios, nepios and teknon. Teknon is used in general reference to children. Nepios is used for the young, immature or babes. Huios on the other hand is used in reference to mature children. In our theme scripture, the word used is huios.
What this means is that our maturity as Christians is defined by how yielded we are to the Spirit of God as He leads us.
It is children who go wherever they want to go and are oblivious to who must lead them.
When emphasising this issue of maturity, Jesus tells Simon Peter in John 21:18, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.”
A mature Christian is one who will minister in a meeting with only tens of people even when he has an invitation to a meeting with thousands not because he wishes to speak to a smaller congregation but because God told him to.
A mature Christian is one who will give a gift to a man who has insulted and maligned him not because it pleases him to part with this gift but because the Spirit told him to.
We do not grow by how many years we spend in the gospel. We grow by how we respond to the instructions of the Spirit of God.
FURTHER STUDY: Galatians 5:18, Colossians 1:28 (MSG)
GOLDEN NUGGET: Our maturity as Christians is defined by how yielded we are to the Spirit of God as He leads us. We do not grow by how many years we spend in the gospel. We grow by how we respond to the instructions of the Spirit of God.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the precious gift of Your Spirit. I am broken, bent and yielded to His convictions and instructions. Even as He ministers to me, I respond with diligence and zeal. By this wisdom, I grow and mature. In Jesus’ name, Amen.