Christian maturity is a matter of progression instead of perfection. As we follow Jesus, we gradually grow closer to Him in our personal discipleship.
None of us are so spiritually mature that we can afford to coast the rest of the way.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
Press On (3:12)
- Christian maturity is a matter of progression instead of perfection.
- Just because you can’t be perfect doesn’t mean you have to be lazy.
- We ought to steward our lives well due to the price Christ paid for them.
Look Ahead (3:13-14)
- You will never move forward if you keep looking back.
- Past regrets and past successes can be your greatest enemies.
- Learn from your regrets without obsessing over them.
- Acknowledge your successes without assuming you will repeat them.
Hold True (3:15-16)
- God’s will has never been for us to settle into a stagnate faith.
- We are dependent upon God’s revelation for our spiritual maturity.
- Accept where you are right now, and keep on keeping on.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.