In this natural world, maturity comes as we grow more independent.  We begin our earthly life totally dependent on our parents for everything.

As we age, our parents expect us to begin to feed ourselves, bath ourselves, and even clean-up after ourselves.  Later, when we get a job, they usually provide us a level of training.  But, after a couple of weeks they expect us to require less supervision and be able to work more independently.  Even at the gym, my trainer expects me to over time require less of him as I learn more about the exercises we do and in what order.  But, that is not how things work in the spiritual world.  

Maturity in your spirit comes not though independence, but dependence.  This is what Jesus meant when He taught His disciples these words, “I am the vine and you are the branches.  If I remain in you and you remain in me you will bear much fruit, but apart from me you can do nothing.”  

As infants, the Bible teaches us we are born into sin.  Therefore, when we are born, we are independent and deny God as Creator and Lord.  Instead, we develop our own moral compass and our own directional indicator.  We intentionally rebel against God, while justifying and excusing our behavior.  

We like the idea of forgiveness, acceptance, and salvation as long as God does it our way and according to the plans we have for our lives.  But, that is not the way God works.  Those who come to Him must do so according to His plan and His path. God will not empower us to fulfill our selfish purposes, nor will He allow us to fulfill His purpose in our own own power.  But, as we grow in maturity and discover our dependence on Him we find He will give us the power to accomplish His purposes.  God does not owe you.  He owns you.  He is the Creator of life, He holds the keys to the everlasting of life, and He is the ultimate fulfillment of all our highest dreams and desires.  So, what about you today?  Does God own you?  

Rev. C. Justin Randolph
Senior Pastor
Zion Hill Baptist Church

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