When a person is saved, they have achieved Salvation and became a Christian. With that Salvation, spiritual growth is involved afterward, in which a person can grow closer to God – which brings unlimited blessings and growth personally. It is not required to grow spiritually; however, it is recommended to do so, for many Christians see this mortal life on Earth as a training ground for eternal life (see 1 Corinthians chapter 15).
Now, the direction of spiritual maturity that is usually administered, is that when a Christian is new, as in they have just become saved, they desire the sincere milk of the Word of God (the important stuff just as a baby would desire milk from their mother’s breast). Nonetheless, as the person grows in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding by the Lord’s help, they will begin to desire the meat – the solid food – of the Word of God. This will allow you to further understand the things of God much more and be able to teach to others the goodness of God.
We follow this in a couple of Scriptures… 1 Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Also, Hebrews 5:13-14, “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
The proceeds of the following instruction are what is believed the Word of God teaches on how to reach spiritual maturity, to go from the milk to the meat in a matter of time. However, do not think this is an easy task. There are many complicated aspects and concepts in the Bible that can be difficult to interpret without a teacher’s help. Nonetheless, do pray that the Lord guides, gives you wisdom, and helps you continue to expand your knowledge and understanding of His Word.
1. Learn from others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ
You likely have already heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and reached Salvation. If you have not, then please go to the page on Becoming a Christian & Receiving Salvation. As you are saved, it is best to continue to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ repeatedly, and eventually start reading it for yourself. Truly try to understand the birth, life and ministry, trial, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you would like help with that, please see our Journey with Christ series, and be sure to start at Journey 1 and work it up to Journey 64. It is hoped to be a blessing unto you!
2. Learn how to read and study the Bible
Most Bible study can be done by reading several verses at a time, and then trying to understand the context. Some study Bibles can be a good help to get you started, but you should not depend on these, as they contain man’s thoughts; therefore, think carefully about what you believe and why. It is good to research certain Bible verses you do not understand well to see if you can try to find out what other people say about it, and then decide for yourself what you should believe and how it should be applied to your life.
3. Begin thinking for yourself
As you read and study the Bible, start applying good things to your life and allowing the Holy Spirit to change your mindset on certain things. Although a small personality change may be of note, your lifestyle may likely change, especially as you spend more time with the Lord.
4. When Maturity is reached
Once your mind has been renewed enough and you feel like a spiritual person, you likely have begun to reach maturity in Christ. If you know Scripture well enough that you can begin teaching without error or with very little non-damnable error, as well as be in full zeal for the Lord – you are spiritually mature in Christ. Having personal piety, mature thinking, and a good lifestyle will reveal your spiritual maturity level. Your lifestyle reveals your spiritual maturity level: Babies = worldly (meaning you participate heavily in worldly activities and interests); Matures = Godly (you are generally disinterested in worldly activities and interests, and only involve in worldly things occasionally with no obsession).