Life is about growing and maturing. When you are born you are helpless. You cant feed yourself. You cant clothe yourself. You can’t take care of yourself. You need someone else for everything. Babies don’t do anything. They just eat, cry, crap, sleep, repeat. As a baby grows it learns. The young boy or girl starts leaning how to talk and how to walk. As they grow they learn to become more and more independent. Eventually they learn to stop crapping themselves and become potty trained. They learn to eat for themselves. They learn to clothe themselves. They learn to take care of themselves. The natural process of life goes from complete and total dependence and grows into independence. Eventually the child becomes a teenager, thinks they know everything, moves away from home, realizes they don’t know everything, and then becomes and adult. Eventually, that child who was once completely dependent on someone else grows to a point where they have someone else completely dependent on them. This is cycle of life.

Spiritual life however is very different. We come to Jesus in a state of complete independence. We think we are good. We think we can take care of ourselves. We think we can fix ourselves. Finally we realize we cant and we surrender our lives to Jesus and we are baptized and born again into new life with Him. Even still our tendency is to rely on ourselves. We trust in ourselves. We try to do life ourselves. Physical maturity moves from total dependence to total independence. Spiritual maturity is the process of growing for independence to total dependence on Christ. As you mature in your relationship with God you realize how much you need Him for everything. You don’t want to do anything without Him.


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