Spiritual maturity is how conformed our thoughts and actions are to the Spirit.
Hours after Jesus fed the four thousand, his disciples ran out of bread.
Jesus used this as a teachable moment (“beware the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees”).
They didn’t get it.
Then, shortly after, as the story moves on, Jesus poses them a question.
“Who do you think I am?”
Peter answers with the mighty statement: “You are the Christ, the son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15-16).
Now where did that come from? How did Peter nail such a pertinent (and theologically accurate) statement?
Jesus tells us.
Simply, he didn’t. It was a revelation from God.
In all of us, spiritual maturity is the goal. But fortunately, spiritual maturity is not a prerequisite to being used by God.
The prerequisite is, simply, the desire.