The first thing the Lord said as I was waking up this morning was, “MATURITY IS FREEDOM”. I wanted to know what He meant and so I looked up all the verses that say maturity and I learned to be mature means to be stable in all seasons.
Ephesians 4:11-14 says leaders are supposed to mature us so we are stable. “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”
Then Hebrews 6:1-4 says we should seek truth that matures us “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.”
Finally, 1 Corinthians 14:20 says it very clearly and succinctly “Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.”
As we come to the end of this pandemic/election year, we can look back and see how unstable this year has been in so many ways. The Lord knew we were immature in our thinking but we didn’t. Now that we’ve seen how easily we are moved by external situations, God is going to reveal people to us who will walk with us into maturity so we won’t be moved next time the wind blows violently in the land.
Maturity is freedom and we as believers will be a powerful witnesses when we manifest freedom in every situation. The next season in the church will be one of maturity so we can be truly free!