(Ephesians 4:13 NIV) "… become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."
(Ephesians 4:15 NIV) "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ."
(Philippians 3:15 NIV) "All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you."
(Hebrews 5:14 NIV) "But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil."
(James 1:4 NIV) "Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Many Christians and churches today suffer from a severe power shortage. They are not growing and reproducing because they are not eating correctly or exercising enough. A diet of baby food and fast food has replaced the power food recommended by God. The result is flabbiness, obesity, weakness, and the immature behavior we see so often in church culture. Recent surveys indicate that only about a third of "church goers" have a mature faith that integrates their basic beliefs with their daily living. They may believe the right doctrines, but their beliefs are not being translated into a strong, active, and vital discipleship outside the church walls. Too many suffer from the spiritual anemia that accompanies S.O.R. Syndrome, commonly known as “Sunday Only Religion”. Maturity is the only antidote for this syndrome. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day