I believe that part of maturing as sons is moving from a defensive to an offensive perspective. An example is in the BEATITUDES (which can be considered the constitution of the Kingdom). Matt 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Being poor in spirit might seem to be a needy and defensive posture at first. But we move from defense to offense in our mindset by realizing that the poor in spirit are not the insignificant but those who know they are bankrupt without Him and therefore welcome adoption as a son and gladly receive the key to their Father’s household and submit to His rule of power and government order. There is no insignificance in that scenario.
(This is an excerpt from an article by Kathy Gabler entitled “Offense: The Kingdom In Action” in which she talks about the advantage of moving from merely a defensive strategy to an offensive strategy.)