Maturity has nothing to do with eternity.

Maturing in our faith continues to happen as long as we live. We never achieve that complete perfection this side of heaven. But we have the opportunity to grow in faith and in our experience with Jesus every day. And our reward will be this side of heaven. (Philippians 3:12-14)

But maturing isn’t a requirement for spending eternity with Jesus. I believe we can choose to live with entry level faith, if you will. We can choose to go over the basics of following Jesus for as long as we want. And we will never know the depth of his riches for the here and now.

What will we miss now? I believe we miss “God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand…his peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7-8)

I believe we miss out on “the Holy Spirit producing this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Rather, we continue to know discord, bitterness, fear, worry, anxiety and all the other baggage that drags us down.

Maybe that doesn’t seem right to you. It is a choice we make to do the hard work of maturing or the hard work of staying spiritual infants. Both are difficult, with very different results for the here and now. It’s your move!

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