Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
As Christians, we should always live in a constant state of maturing in our faith. None of us will “arrive” until the day when we see Jesus face to face. In the meantime, we are to actively apply what we know about God to our lives and live out His truth. We are called to grow in Christ and to abide in Him. In doing so, day by day He works in our lives to make us more like Him. We must not forget that God has patience with us as we grow in our faith; likewise, we should have the same patience with ourselves and with others who are also growing in their faith.