There’s no getting around it. We are all immature. We are just immature in different ways. Our whole spiritual journey is a walk toward maturity. Our true maturity will not be experienced until we are finally like Him, but like Him we will be. The day is coming as 1 John 3:2 tells us, Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
For those of us who don’t like to think of ourselves as immature, we will never move toward maturity until we settle the fact that maturity is only possible through Christ. I love what Robert Corin Morris says about grace: Jesus…is a disturber of our immaturities, one who challenges us to find and use our strengths. A master craftsman in the skills that can make us strong in love, generous in service, and abundant in joy, he wants to spur us into a maturity that can collaborate with the Love that gave us birth. (Robert Corin Morris, Provocative Grace: The Challenge in Jesus’ Words, Upper Room Books, 2006, page 18.)
If you are desiring deeper maturity in your life of faith, then you need to recognize and accept yours and others’ immaturities as part of the process. This is what Jesus does for us. He acknowledges our immaturity. In fact, He knows that we cannot make ourselves mature on our own. He makes us mature by His own power and even through our immaturities.
After you accept the immaturities you recognize in your life and the lives of those around you, start concentrating on Him. 1 John 3:2 mentions one of the secrets of maturity. It says that we will see Him as He is. There is something about seeing Jesus that makes me more mature. I am surprised by both my lack of maturity and my deepening maturity in Christ. There are many causes for my lack of maturity, but the only explanation for my deepening maturity is that I have seen Christ and, in seeing Him, I become a better person.
So this week when I am disappointed in myself and others, I will stop focusing on what I or they can do about it. I will think about how I can see Jesus more clearly. I will consider how I can move towards Him and open my heart to Him. I will let the reality of who He is sink deeper into my soul. I feel myself growing up a bit already.