Wisdom of Spiritual Checking
Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (Luke
are accustomed to having our progress measured in many ways. We are given tests
in school, evaluations at work, and physical examinations by our doctors. Yet
we may never measure our spiritual or social growth. As Jesus grew from an
infant to a child to a youth to an adult, he “increased in stature” with God
and men. The better people knew Jesus, the more they trusted Him. They admired
His wisdom and appreciated His compassion. Likewise, as Jesus grew in His
relationship with His heavenly Father, He continued to please Him.
apostle Paul said that when he was a new Christian, he behaved as a spiritual
child, but as he matured in his faith, he began to act like a spiritual adult
(1 Cor. 13:11). There is nothing wrong with acting like a baby when you are an
infant, but it is the obligation of every believer to strive for maturity (Heb.
you are a new believer, you will not always know how to relate to others in a
spiritually mature way. You may battle with envy, anger, or unforgiveness. But
the longer you walk with Christ, the more you should relate to others as He
does. As you are conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, your heavenly Father
will become increasingly satisfied with your obedience to Him, as the Father
was with His Son. It is helpful for you to measure the progress in your
spiritual life from time to time. A good way to evaluate your spiritual growth
is to ask mature Christians around you if your actions reveal spiritual
maturity. It is imperative that you ask God to evaluate your spiritual maturity
and that you never become satisfied with less than a fully developed
relationship with God.