What does a transformed life look like?
While each transformed life retains all traits of individuality, there are many things which all transformed lives should have in common.
One of those things is a desire for reproduction. (We see this in nature as well.) Just as a mark of physical maturity is a desire and capacity for physical reproduction, a mark of Spiritual maturity is a desire for and capacity for Spiritual reproduction.
The question is: When does this begin? (How soon will we recognize Spiritual maturity?)
In the exemplary life of Saul of Tarsus, we have the answer: Immediately.
I have always been fascinated with the Spiritual life of new believers in Jesus Christ. (I think it is why it is so important to have them always present in the church.) New believers many times evidence Spiritual maturity and desire for reproduction to a greater degree than those who have been saved for many years.
New believers have an exuberance that has not been seasoned by rejection and objection, and persecution and belittling. (Just wait, you might say. They’ll learn soon enough! That exuberance will wear off.)
But is that what has to happen? Saul of Tarsus says otherwise.
The transformed life which loses its desire for reproduction has lost its focus on eternity and returned its focus to the world, and what the world thinks. In this way, Spiritual maturity regresses, and though length of years walking with Jesus may register much Spiritual knowledge, without a desire for Spiritual reproduction, Spiritual immaturity results.
From the moment the scales fell from Saul of Tarsus’ eyes, he saw eternity clearly, and he only looked for eternal the things in life. It was that vision which provided him with immediate Spiritual maturity, and it was that vision which had him set on Spiritual reproduction immediately as well. It was never again clouded by the things of this earth, which he later reminded us are “dung.”