Our human concept of maturity is that we start off completely dependent but that we grow into independence. However maturity in God’s kingdom comes as we grow in greater and greater levels of dependence on Christ. Growth doesn’t happen as we need Him less, but rather as we see our need for Him more.
In this exploration of the command Be Perfect, you will be deeply encouraged as you see God’s desire to mature His children. One of the ways He does this is by increasing our level of training, one step at a time, to become more dependent upon Him. Irritations, hardships, and difficult people are “classrooms” God gives us. As we become more dependent on Him, we become channels of His life and His love to others, and we are seen as “children of our Father in heaven.”