“There are times when we get together,” Stan began, “when I knowingly repeat myself.”
Continuing, he said, “And I want you to know that I do that as much for me as for you, my friend.”
“You repeat yourself for yourself?” I asked.
“I do,” Stan replied. “Just when I think I know something about God and my relationship with Him, I find that I have forgotten an essential and have to be reminded. It is not uncommon for me to have forgotten multiple essentials. God uses the Holy Spirit in me to remind myself!”
“For example,” Stan continued, “this morning, I was thinking about our time together and I was kind of patting myself on the back for being mature so I am able to help you mature as a Christian. All of a sudden the Holy Spirit said, in essence, ‘not so fast’.”
“The Holy Spirit went on to remind me about something He has said many times,” Stan said and then continued before I could ask anything. “Describing anyone as a ‘mature Christian’ is not the right approach. I am to prefer the term, ‘maturing Christian’ because ‘mature’ connotes that there is no further to go in the process of maturing.”
He continued, “I think that maturing as a Christian is a life-long process that is intended by God to not stop until I have taken my last breath on this side of eternity. It is to stop only when I get on the train, not while I am waiting for the train.”
“Also,” Stan said, “I believe that when I get to the point of thinking I am spiritually mature, I am on the wrong path and heading in the wrong direction. It is time for the Holy Spirit to speak up and it is time for me to listen to His reminder.”
“There will always be more to learn about God, and there will always be more steps in growing in that direction.”
“After all,” he concluded, “Jesus said that eternal life is about knowing God the Father and Jesus the Son. If I think I know God as well as I need to know Him and can stop maturing as a Christian, Satan laughs all the way to wherever he is going.”
I say to every person among you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think. Romans 12:3.
And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. John 17:3.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for all you do to open me to what you want me to hear and to know. I want to spend the rest of my days on this side of eternity maturing in my understanding of you and of what you have for me to be and to do here before I leave to spend the rest of eternity with you. I confess that too often I think too highly of myself and my supposed maturity as a Christian. Please, forgive me when I begin to think I know all I need to know about you and our relationship. Please help me in never stopping but always wanting to grow in my relationship with you. Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.