by Stephen Whitney

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Becoming Mature (8 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 2:1-5

Satchel Paige was one of the most successful players in the Negro baseball leagues in the 1930's. While his outstanding control as a pitcher first got him noticed, it was his enthusiastic personality and his love for the game that made him a star. He was such a great pitcher that on tours across America, he would have his infielders sit down behind him and then routinely strike out the side.

As a result of his success he was hired by the Cleveland Indians and became the oldest rookie to play in Major League Baseball at the age of 42. He once asked, ''How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?'' An honest answer depends on your attitude towards life more than your physical age.

Chuck Swindoll said, ''The longer I live, the more I become convinced that our major battle in life in not with age but with maturity. There is no choice involved in growing older. Our challenge is the choice of whether or not to grow up. Age is a matter of fact. Maturity, on the other hand, is a matter of choice.''

Our English word mature comes from the Latin word meaning to ripen. Maturity should be the result of natural development. There is no such thing as instant maturity. Maturity is truth applied over time. Questions to ask to see if you are maturing:

1. Am I applying the truth of God to my everyday life?
2. Am I developing the fruits of the Spirit in my life?
3. Am I continuing to grow in my walk with God?
4. Am I living a more godly life now than I was last year?

God's goal for every believer is that we become mature.

Struggle to Minister :1
Paul's heart beat with tender affection and deep concern to those he ministered because he cared about their spiritual walk with God.
Struggle (KJB conflict) - Gk. literally a contest between athletes.
Here it means a spiritual struggle for the benefit of ...

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