The Mature Believer’s Mind
“Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”
Your mind always affects your actions. If the believer wants to have the right actions, the believer must then be sure they have the right thoughts. Your thoughts will be determined by how mature your mind is spiritually. Just like a parent doesn’t expect their adult child to act like an adolescent, so God doesn’t expect His children to act immature. The only way that you will avoid acting as an immature believer is to have a mature mind.
The verse above says, “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded…” The word “perfect” is talking about maturity. God is saying that the perfect mind has a certain thinking pattern. In Philippians 3:10-14, God reveals the thinking pattern of the mature believer’s mind. Let me share with you this example.
First, the mature believer’s mind has a mind that wants to know God. Verse 10 says, “That I may know him…” This is talking about knowing God in an intimate way. You are sure to have a wrong mindset if you have no desire to know God intimately. There should be a great desire in your heart to know God better. Your mind will never mature spiritually until you have a great desire to know God.
Second, the mature believer’s mind has a mind that desires to experience God’s power. How much do you desire to be filled with the Spirit? How much do you desire to see God work through your life? You will never achieve a mature spiritual mindset if you don’t have a desire for God to fill you with His power and to work through you powerfully.
Third, the mature believer’s mind looks at suffering properly. If you see suffering as an opportunity to fellowship with God, you will find your mind won’t see trials as a hardship, but as an opportunity.
Fourth, the mature believer’s mind desires to conform into God’s image. The mature believer doesn’t care what it takes to conform into God’s image; they just have a desire for their life to look more like Christ, even if it takes hardships and pressure.
Fifth, the mature believer’s mind is a mind that continues striving. The mature believer never thinks they have arrived. The mindset of the mature believer is not to brag about what they have done, but to see how much more needs to be done.
Sixth, the mature believer’s mind forgets the achievements of the past. You cannot grow when you are looking backwards. In order to grow spiritually, you must forget “those things which are behind.” You cannot continue to grow and see God work through you in the present as long as you live in the past.
Seventh, the mature believer’s mind is forward thinking. The mature believer will reach forth to what God has for them in the future instead of looking back at what they have already done.
Eighth, the mature believer’s mind will press through. The mature believer will push through whatever they face just to get closer to God and to accomplish His work. You will never achieve anything great for God if you are not willing to press through the hard times.