In what ways should we grow and mature, according to God?
a. According to God, we should grow and mature in quality
When we refer to quality, we are talking about developing the character of Christ as individuals. It is to have the fruit of the Spirit developed in us: in love, peace, kindness and joy, among others.
b. According to God, we should grow and mature in every area of our lives
This implies that the believer should learn and know, at least in a broad way, all that is related to the counsel of the Lord.
The counsel of the Lord is to have knowledge in different areas such as deliverance, divine healing, inner healing, prayer, prophecy, intercession, spiritual warfare, worship, praise, finances, family, evangelism, counseling, and other areas. Such knowledge enables us to develop a well-balanced growth and not just knowledge that emphasizes a specific area, but in all the different areas as well.
The emphasis of a ministry or a church should not be on a single subject, but instead, on Jesus Christ, who is whole in the counsel of God.
c. According to God, we should grow and mature in quantity
One of the reasons God cannot entrust us with His inheritance is because spiritually, we are still children. For instance, if you were a father, you would not give a loaded gun to your five-year-old son. Or if you were wealthy, you would not give all your money to your child because he would not know what to do with it. Therefore, we must wait for the child to grow and mature. God, our Father, desires to give us His inheritance, His anointing, His authority, His power, and His riches, but if we were not mature enough to receive it, it would lead us to our own destruction.
“1Think of it this way, If a father dies and leaves great wealth for his young children, those children are not much better off than slaves until they grow up, even though they actually own everything their father had.2They have to obey their guardians until they reach whatever age their father set.” Galatians 4.1- 2
What steps should we take to grow spiritually as a leader? Make a firm commitment and a serious decision to grow in the Lord. Individual growth is a quality decision that is personal. It is not an automatic process, but a planned one. (Corinthians 3.6‑9)
There are certain decisions that you as a leader must make in order to reach maturity and spiritual growth. These include:
- Decide to be a mature leader or believer.
- Decide to begin to grow now.
- Decide to achieve personal growth.
- Decide to have a teachable spirit.
- Never settle or get comfortable with your current situation.
According to the level of dissatisfaction that a leader possesses will be the passion that he will have for further growth tomorrow.
- Have a disciples’ mentality.
- Be open to correction and discipline
- Pay the price for growth