GOD’S GOAL OF MATURITY
Paul writing to the Philippians declares in Phil. 1:6 NKJV Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will COMPLETE it until the day of Jesus Christ;
N.L.T. I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!
MESSAGE There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
What a glorious promise not only to the Philippian Believers but to every believer in every generation, that if the incorruptible seed has been planted in the heart (1 Peter 1:23), MATURITY WILL BE THE END RESULT.
One of the reasons I am convinced that Biblical Discipleship is essential is that the one who has made a confession and repented truly KNOWS BECAUSE KNOWS HE IS BORN AGAIN.
Sadly, we have so many people sitting in church pews, who hope they are born again, either because they were baptised or because their parents were Christians, or because they prayed the “Sinner’s prayer”.
Paul speaking from personal experience I am sure and remembering his personal Damascus Road experience, knew that God had begun A GOOD WORK IN HIM, and he had the assurance within that the process would continue until he came to maturity and entered the eternal presence of God.. The challenge for every believer is to CO-OPERATE with the Lord, and learn to develop an intimate relationship with the Lord, and embrace especially through Discipleship his personal inheritance in Christ NOW.
Without being critical I know many Believers, who have yet to graduate from the “bottle” and move from the “milk of the Word” to the “meat of the Word”. As a parent we would be very concerned if we had say a teenager who just laid on the lounge and said “mummy give me a bottle”.
If you are in some form leadership in your local church, I encourage you to look out for the “baby Christians”, either new in the faith, or are not growing and come along side them and walk with them into maturity Amen