This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.
Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God. Some people mature into an understanding of God’s will more quickly than others because they obey more readily, they more readily sacrifice the life of nature to the will of God, they more easily swing clear of little determined opinions.
It is these little determined opinions, convictions of our own that won’t budge, that hinder growth in grace, and makes us bitter and dogmatic, intolerant, and utterly un-Christlike.
From Bringing Sons Unto Glory
Ouch! It’s so important that I read God’s Word with a heart ready to obey whatever the Holy Spirit shows me, even if it means sacrificing what I’ve always thought to be true. I must not cling to my own ‘little determined opinions’ if I want to grow in spiritual maturity.
The contrast is crystal clear: Either I am maturing through complete obedience to God, or I am becoming bitter and dogmatic, intolerant, and utterly un-Christlike.