“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.”
The believer must be mature if they are going to do great things for God. The mature-minded believer is not the result of knowing much about the Scriptures, even though when you are mature minded, you will know the Scriptures. The mature-minded believer is about your perspective of what you have done and still need to do for Christ.
The verse above says, “…as many as be perfect, be thus minded…” So, what is God talking about when He talks about the believer who is perfect? He is talking about verses 12-14, which talk about not acquiring a mindset that you have attained or apprehended after you have had some success, but pressing forward to that which you have not yet attained. There are several aspects of the spiritually-mature mind that I would like to point out to you.
First, the spiritually-mature mind says, “I have not attained.” Verse 12 says, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect…” To attain means you have reached the goal. God is not saying that you have not accomplished some things, but the spiritually-mature mind must realize that what you have accomplished does not mean that there is not more to accomplish. The spiritually-mature mind will rejoice in what God has done through them, but they won’t settle because there is more to attain.
Second, the spiritually-mature mind says, “I have not apprehended.” To apprehend means that you have it all figured out. One thing you will find out about the spiritually-mature-minded believer is that they realize that they don’t know everything. In fact, what you will notice about them is that the more they know, the less they know. The spiritually-mature-minded believer never feels that they know everything, and that is why they know they need Christ to learn how to attain more.
Third, the spiritually-mature mind forgets what is behind as if it never happened. Verse 13 says, “…forgetting those things which are behind…” When you realize that you have not conquered everything and that you don’t know everything is when you will stop riding on the success of what you have done. My friend, you have spiritually died if you live in the victories of the past without striving for greater victories today. God’s mindset and desire is that you never stop trying to do more. Don’t let your past victories become the epitaph of your spiritual walk.
Fourth, the spiritually-mature mind says, “I reach forth unto that which I have not attained.” The spiritually-mature mind will stay focused on what it has yet to do. You will not do more for Christ if your whole viewpoint is hindsight instead of forward-sighted.
Fifth, the spiritually-mature mind says, “I press…” To press means to push forward with all the energy that you have. In other words, to press means you have no reserve on trying to do more. My friend, the need for today is for believers who press on. This doesn’t mean you won’t get tired, but it means you will get tired but you press on. It doesn’t mean that it won’t be hard, but it means that it will be hard, but you press on. Let me finish by giving you your Scriptural command; PRESS ON, SOLDIER.