An animal is mature when it can reproduce.
A tree is mature when it begins to produce fruit.
But when does a person become mature? When does a person “grow up?” Physically, a person becomes mature when they can reproduce. Emotionally, a person becomes mature when they can:
- Understand and meet their responsibilities.
- Understand and respect the needs and rights of others.
- Understand and appreciate quality (has discernment).
A person is emotionally immature, or childish, when they:
- Have no responsibilities.
- Are selfish. They expect all to serve their desires to such an extent they don’t comprehend other’s needs.
- Are driven by emotions.
Sons of God become mature when they begin producing the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.) In other words, as we become more like the Father, we become more mature.
Maturity is not a matter of education. We do not mature by learning more. Maturity takes time. Maturity comes by abiding in the vine (Jesus.) There is no short-cut to maturity. As we walk with Jesus, we will grow. The more we walk with Him, the more we will grow. Jesus’ disciples matured because they were WITH Him. Sure, they listened to all His teachings. But Jesus said the Father would send the Holy Spirit to remind them of all the Jesus said. As we walk with Jesus, we will become more like Jesus. Only then can we fully comprehend His teachings.
May the Father prune us so that we will produce abundant fruit!