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Maturity in Christ

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:7

“So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

Reflection.

I’ll start by giving the dictionary’s definition of maturity. Being mature refers to having attained a fully developed or advanced stage. Maturity is the noun form of the adjective mature, which is frequently used to mean “fully developed” (as a verb, mature typically means “to fully develop”).

When Peter said that our faith would be put to the test, what was he saying? According to bibleref.com, as Christians, we are glad. This is a response to God’s great mercy and our great hope of eternal life in heaven and resurrection. In fact, despite our current trials making us feel grieved or distressed, we still rejoice.

He now reveals that the difficulties we experience are not without purpose. They serve a purpose. Suffering always has a purpose for the Christian believer (Romans 5:3–4; James 1:2–4). These hardships distress us, but they don’t stop us from rejoicing, as Peter explains how they serve to test, purify, and validate our faith. The believer decides to trust God through and despite trials when they occur. God never stops providing. Our faith gets deeper.

Peter draws comparisons and contrasts between our faith and the traditional measure of value: gold. Like how heat from our trials purifies and refines gold, so does it for our faith. The value of our faith will endure into eternity, unlike that of earthly gold.

Finally, Peter claims that when Jesus Christ is revealed, our faith will enable us to take part in giving and receiving praise, glory, and honour. Our faith in Christ will be fully upheld when He returns and everyone realizes the truth, and He will be hailed as the real Lord and King.

What maturity in Christ looks like, in my opinion, depends on how you handle change. God may not always provide instructions on how to reach your next level, but you can still see it when a change occurs. Those of you going through difficult times right now should know that change has arrived. Our maturity as a church, group, family, or whatever is demonstrated by how we respond to “test.”

The ability to handle adversity and challenges in life is a sign of maturity. When things go wrong or unexpectedly, you become someone who is not who you are in good times, which puts your maturity to the test. As a result, the faith that we possess in the kingdom is a balanced faith.

Please take these thoughts with you as i conclude, to reflect on:

1- The key in life is knowing the ability to manage the unexpected

2- Success in life is your ability to maintain personal balance in times of trials.

Prayer.

Oh Lord, I want to know you! And the power of your resurrection! The fellowship of your suffering, being conformed unto your death. Please! Help me to get more involved in your work as I desire to becoming a mature Christian, amen.

Please share……………

Blessings……………….

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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