Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. (ESV)
How mature are you? When we are children we are apt to be scolded for being immature. In fact, the general understanding is that as we get older we are to become more mature. What seems so out of place for us is when we see grown adults acting like children. That kind of immaturity is not only out of place, but at times offensive.
So, if it is expected of us to mature as we age in our physical bodies we should also not be surprised that in our spiritual condition we ought to mature. The longer we know Christ the more spiritually mature we ought to act. I can attest to the fact that one of the most offensive and destructive forces in our churches is Christians who have known the Lord a long time, yet demonstrate gross immaturity.
In the previous verses the Apostle Paul was speaking of our pursuit of perfect righteousness. He likened that pursuit to a race that we continue to run. We are to have our spiritual eyes on the prize of Christ Jesus, forgetting what is behind. He now says in this verse that this is how those who are spiritually mature are to think. We are to have a heavenward focus.
When members of a church are mature they will have a heavenward focus on every decision. They will refuse to get caught up in petty arguments and demanding their own agenda be followed. Rather, they will weigh decisions based on how God can be glorified and people can be brought to faith in Christ. The immature get caught up in petty divisiveness, having an earthly focus.
How mature are you? Do you have a heavenward focus or an earthly focus? Forget what is behind. Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is the author and finisher of your faith. You will mature.