I’m increasingly convinced that the pursuit of spiritual maturity is at the heart of Philippians. Paul lists out numerous instructions to achieve this, and his prayers reveal the expectations that they will be followed to this end. Leaving the church alone without apostolic supervision, he reminds them that whatever applied when he was there, applies when he is not. He acknowledges anything honorable is ultimately the work of God because according to Philippians 1:6 “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ”. This work is a maturing work. The believers were expected to grow, and pushing them in that direction involves prayers like the one in Philippians 1:9-11. These are the key performance indicators of the Christians life. We can apply them to ourselves by asking if we are abounding in love, increasing in knowledge, developing discernment, remaining pure, and manifesting fruitfulness. This is how we know we are truly saved. The danger is that otherwise we start thinking maturity is a natural function of time. But it’s not. We grow physically without working at it, but the same is not true in the spiritual realm. We all must work at it.