Hello friends, I pray that you had a great time in the the Lords house on Sunday. At OFA we talked about John Mark-and how spiritual immaturity can lead to problems in our lives. I will finish up my thoughts about J.M. today.
One of the scriptures that I used in my sermon on Sunday is from the book of Hebrews:
Hebrews 5: 12-14
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Thankfully, John Mark did grow in his relationship with the Lord; we know this because later on, Paul recognizes how useful J.M. is in the work of the ministry. Imagine though, if John did not mature-we probably would not have the gospel of Mark.
Spiritual maturity is not gained by osmosis-just because we go to church, or are surrounded by mature believers, this does not mean that we have done the work necessary to consume meat, instead of milk. We must all walk our own path of maturity. For most of us, this has much to do with our modes of thinking-the things we fix our minds on. We must pray, and ask the Lord to help us fix our minds on things from above, not on earthly things. God Bless.