The Bible implies there are 3 levels of maturity in your walk with Him. Paul addresses these 3 levels in 1 John 2:12-14:
I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
Do you see these 3 levels of maturity? children, young people, and fathers. We all fit into one of these levels. Here is my description of these 3 levels of maturity.
Children – New Christians (your sins have been forgiven). They are mostly takers from other Christians. They expect other people to meet their needs instead of trying to meet their own needs. They are not real interested in finding out God’s purpose for them. They are still living the life they led before they got saved.
Young People – Been a Christian for a time and have done some spiritual warfare (overcome the evil one). They give as much as they take with other Christians. They have started doing things for God and finding their purpose. They are in a season concentrated on accomplishing things for God and others.
Fathers – Have discipled other Christians. Can’t be a Father without reproducing spiritual offspring. They are primarily givers to other Christians. They are reproducing themselves in others. This is a mark of maturity because their primary focus is helping others find their purpose instead of concentrating on theirs. They have learned the highest purpose is to help others find theirs. They can do this because their identity is no longer in what they do because they have come to know him who is from the beginning.
What do you think? Which level are you at?