“Maturity is not becoming stronger and stronger, more and more competent. Christian growth is marked by a growing realization of just how weak and incompetent we are, and how strong and competent Jesus is on our behalf. Spiritual maturity is not our growing independence. Rather, it’s our growing dependence on Christ. Remember, the apostle Paul referred to himself as the “least of all the saints” (Eph. 3:8) and the “chief of sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15), and this was at the end of his life!” [source]
me: weak and incompetent
Jesus: strong and competent
So, do I have a “growing dependence on Christ?”
I’v been reading through Colossians with a friend recently and this week, the words that have stuck with me are;
“Therefore as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” [v6-7]
How does this look?
“so walk in him, rooted and built up in him” – not being built up by my own confidence or my own knowledge, wisdom or ego…….but, instead with a “growing dependence on Christ.”