Day 18 - Philippians 3:15-17


Philippians 3:15-17 contains some thoughts on spiritual maturity:

15 Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you.

Paul relates spiritual maturity to how we think, which I believe means our way of thinking about life and the world around us, our world view. Does my thinking reflect spiritual maturity, spiritual ignorance, or spiritual immaturity. 

By the way, I like the implication of what Paul says in verse 15 above:
"If you think differently than me about spiritual maturity, that's OK.
 God will show you that I'm right!"

16 In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.

Paul says we begin the journey to spiritual maturity by living by what we already know. Obedience to the truth we possess opens the door to learning more truth. If God can't trust us with the truth we already have, we will not be granted any more truth!
Christian maturity occurs step by step, one truth revealed and obeyed at a time!

17 Join in imitating me, brothers, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.

We should intentionally seek out and imitate spiritually mature people, those living around us and the spiritual giants of the Bible and Church history. Their lives can inspire and direct our own!

Our goal should be to live in a way that we are the spiritually mature people that others observe and emulate! We should be able to say with Paul,
"Follow my example as I follow Christ." ~1 Corinthians 11:1


This is the 18th in a series of daily postings on Philippians. You can start at the beginning by clicking here: 
Philippians 1:1