To be mature physically means to have the physical features of someone who is old enough to take care of himself. Emotionally, to be mature means to have a high level of emotional intelligence; to know what your emotions are and that of others being handled wisely. To be mature spiritually means to have a stature which can be trusted to take up responsibilities in God’s kingdom.
As believers, growth is an essential part in our walk with God. Growth signifies a steady and undying passion for God which is demonstrated in our actions and seen as fruits in our lives. To grow spiritually means to continually conform to God’s will and begin to look like Christ.
Romans 8: 29b says,
“…he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren”.
This passage shows the ultimate goal of a believer. This goal is reached by continuous growth. When a believer has a consistent growth, he or she reaches a level of maturity at certain points whereby he can be trusted with responsibilities.
To be held responsible for a work means there is a record of consistency and intentionality with a particular thing. For God to trust you with any responsibility, He has seen your commitment and how responsible you are.
1 Peter 2:2 makes us know that new borns (new believers) need to grow first; your first duty as a believer is growth. After your growth comes responsibility because your growth produces fruits in you that people see; and the fruits you produce are expected to tell people more about Christ and bring them closer to Christ (your responsibility: 1 Corinthians 5:20).
Galatians 4:1 says,
“Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all”.
The same reason a child that is a heir cannot act in his capacity is the same reason a new believer cannot be given certain responsibilities; this is because growth is needed.
To be given responsibilities, you need to be mature. Your maturity is more important to God than your responsibilities. Your walk is more important to God than your work. Be more intentional about your growth because you need to grow if you want to be entrusted with responsibilities by God.
Can you be trusted with responsibilities yet? Have you grown to the point of being allocated something to handle for the kingdom? How intentional are you about your growth so as to be able to bring others into the kingdom? How do you grow spiritually? Are you mature spiritually?
A child cannot bring others home and make them stay without the permission of an adult. You cannot bring others to Christ when you have not shown fruits of being in Him and growing in the faith.