Here’s a question I was recently asked by a pretty antagonistic guy: “What’s all this about childishness with Christians? Doesn’t God want you to be mature and independent?”
My favorite thing of all is knowing Christ in me. I love knowing Him, and seeing His grace and fruit in me and through me—His evidence—is the highest benefit. I enjoy talking with Him and looking for Him and what He might do or say or lead, and I believe that is the essence of maturity. God doesn’t give birth to sons and daughters in order to one day separate from them, as though independence is His goal, maturity the result.
As a son, I can do whatever I want—I am that kind of free—and what I want most is to know Him. I am His child, but that doesn’t mean immaturity; it means offspring. His delight (and my joy) is to grow us up with Him in such a way that we find out how perfect He is with us and for us. In that way, dependence or independence isn’t the thing, togetherness is the thing; and that’s most satisfying for both.
I hope this helps.