The Necessity of Maturity

Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
Philippians 3:16

A few observations:

  1. This verse implicitly states that there are no excuses for not growing. Every believer should have a basic knowledge of humility in serving others and the understanding that steadfastness in the faith is a necessity. Not to order our lives after this knowledge, given sufficient time, would be nothing short of sin (see Heb. 5:12-6:2 for a clear rebuke of believers because they have not grown more).
  2. That all believers are responsible for growth is echoed in Jesus’ teaching on stewardship. Every believer would do well to pay close attention to the parable of the talents (Mt. 25:14-30; Lk. 19:12-27; see also, Mt. 7:15-27). Principles to be gleaned include:
    • Not everyone has the same amount of spiritual resources, but all are expected to do their best with what the Master gives
    • Wise stewardship involves investment (material resources simply serve to flesh out the story; Jesus is not teaching us about financial matters per se)
    • Wise stewardship brings greater responsibility and privilege, while poor stewardship ultimately leads to eternal tragedy. “To make no commitments on religious matters is really to make a damning commitment by default” (see Blomberg, Matthew, NAC, pp. 372-375).

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