Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Godly maturation requires sacrifice. We can not bring all the issues and desires of Christian infancy into higher levels of knowing God. Numerous people wonder why they are not growing in Christ. This is often due to not wanting to let go of the old life. In our society we make fun of teenagers who still suck their thumbs or adults who throw tantrums like children. Why? Because for each level of maturity certain behavior is just out of character.
There is a certain character you must have to grow into spiritual maturity. But it starts with letting go. Let go of habits you know are wrong. Stop giving your time to those you know are not helping you grow in Christ. Be honest with yourself and identify what needs to go. God doesn’t want you to stay a baby. If you want the absolute best that He has for you, then it is time to get serious and do some hard work.