One expert believes mature people tend to reflect these traits: They keep long-term commitments even when they do not feel like it; they remain unshaken by flattery or criticism; they possess a spirit of humility; they live by values not just feelings; they express gratitude; they make time for others; and they seek wisdom before acting. The Apostle Paul said followers of Christ should use the likeness of Christ as our goal. His likeness is in many respects equivalent to the fruit of the Spirit, which the apostle defines as “Iove, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” To empower us toward this goal, God has placed His Spirit within us, and He has given pastors and teachers to the church to instruct us toward that goal. Church leaders exist to equip God’s people to do His work of building up the body of Christ. As followers of Christ, it is our privilege and responsibility to participate in fulfilling Christ’s kingdom agenda. He wants us to live for Him and stand for justice and righteousness wherever we are–in our family, our church, on our job, and in our community. That’s the kind of spiritual maturity Christ longs to see in us.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More