Are You a Mature Christian? | Ephesians 4:25-32
“The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slK6H… –~– Are you a mature Christian? Would people around you consider you a mature Christian? How can you tell if you are truly growing spiritually or not? It is God’s desire to see us grow and mature, not stay the same. In this video I give you 5 VERY practical ways you can test your current level of spiritual maturity.
Spiritual Growth – Key Steps to Spiritual Growth and Maturity in Christ – Spirituality
How do i know i am a mature Christian? Lets look at the keys to Christian maturity to help us glean at our own lives to see how we stick out relative to the keys on maturity below and then we will look at the 10 basic steps towards Christian maturity. I hope you enjoy and apply the learning from the writeup
Keys to Christian Maturity
It’s easy to love the Lord. He comes to us with arms open wide, taking all of our sins and burdens upon Himself. He offers us life in place of death and freedom from our bondage. He has plans to prosper us and give us a future. What’s not to love?
Unfortunately, many Christians believe in God and love Him, but they don’t live for Him.
The Bible says that our relationship with God should mature over time and that we should “grow up in all aspects into Him….” (Ephesians 4:15 NAS).
So, how do we take our relationship with God to the next level? By developing a spirit of surrender, faith, and obedience.
Living in Surrender
According to Webster’s Dictionary, to “surrender” means “to yield (something) to the possession or power of another.” In our independent, Western society, this is the very definition of weakness, but in the Kingdom of God, it is the source of our strength.
Think back to when you first believed in Jesus. You acknowledged your sins and exchanged them for God’s righteousness. You surrendered to God, turning in the “old you” for a “new you.”
So was that just your spiritual life that you surrendered? What about your daily life?
The world separates the spiritual from the daily routine. However, when we split our lives in two, we also divide our hearts.
You may be serving God “half-heartedly” if:
- You relegate God to Sunday morning and “live life” the rest of the week.
- You’re earnestly trying to obey God’s call on your spiritual life while struggling to maintain control over the day-to-day decisions.
- You’re willing to live for the Lord…as long as He doesn’t interfere with your plans.
To grow closer to the Lord, we must serve Him whole-heartedly. For that, we need faith.
We rarely know what God is planning, or what the big picture looks like. That’s because we’re called to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NAS). With each step, we have to trust that God loves us and wants what is best for us.
A great example of this can be found in Proverbs 31:15 NAS: “She rises while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens.” What’s so amazing about this verse is the spiritual imagery: she gets up while it’s still dark, when she doesn’t know what God is up to or what the future will hold.
It’s not unusual for Christians to feel “in the dark” as they wait for the Lord. Perhaps you’re waiting now for God to give you guidance or direction, or for Him to open doors to new opportunities. If so, be encouraged! As your faith is strengthened, you will grow closer to the Lord.
Obedience in Action
Jesus said it’s not enough for us to call ourselves Christians or to do good deeds in His name. We also have to be obedient to His Word and His direction for our lives. (See Matthew 7:21-27.)
You can show obedience to God even as you wait for His guidance, direction, or a new opportunity.
- Use the time to develop patience and perseverance. In fact, this may be the main reason why the Lord is delaying.
- Resist the urge to get angry or depressed. The Enemy will take advantage of the situation to cultivate fear, pride, or anxiety. Don’t give him any leverage.
- Avoid getting ahead of God. Don’t move forward with any new activities until you have His guidance or blessing.
- Don’t neglect your daily activities. Like the woman in Proverbs 31, be sure to care for yourself, your family, and those in need around you.
Once the Lord does give you the answer you’re waiting for or the opportunity you need, then it’s time to take action!
- If God gives you an answer to a question, write it down. Sometimes, God gives us the whole picture, and sometimes it’s just a piece of the puzzle. Either way, cherish the fact that God is sharing His heart with you.
- If God says “go,” then go where He sends you and do what He asks. Don’t delay or waste the opportunity.
- If God’s answer is “no,” then be content. Stay where you are, decline the offer, pray about Plan B, etc. Whatever the situation is, honor God’s decision and trust that He has your best interest at heart.
Don’t settle for less than a mature, intimate relationship with the Lord! Begin developing a spirit of surrender, faith, and obedience today.
10 Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity
10 Basic Steps Toward Christian Maturity – Introduction: The Uniqueness of Jesus
Jesus Christ is the subject of more than 300 Old Testament prophecies. His birth nearly 2,000 years ago, and events of His life had been foretold by many prophets during a period of 1,500 years.
Step 1: The Christian Adventure
To believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world is to believe in a living person. People often ask, “What is the meaning of belief?” The Amplified New Testament expresses the full meaning of the term believe as “adhere to, trust in, and rely on.” The Gospel of John has been called the Gospel of Belief.
Step 2: The Christian and the Abundant Life
The Christian life is a personal intimate relationship between you and Christ. This life begins in faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) and can only be lived by faith. Faith is another word for trust. We trust our lives to Christ’s keeping because He has proven Himself trustworthy by His life, His death, His resurrection, and His abiding presence – His unconditional love.
Step 3: The Christian and the Holy Spirit
In this lesson, you will study biblical evidence proving that the Holy Spirit is a real person who loves and cares for you. You will also discover why He came and how He can make a difference in your life.
Step 4: The Christian and Prayer
Grow in your understanding about why prayer is so important to the Christian life.
Step 5: The Christian and the Bible
In this lesson you will study the various names of the Bible, survey its construction, and gain insights that will make your own Bible study more meaningful.
Step 6: The Christian and Obedience
Have you ever wondered what God’s will is for your life? Have you needed to make a difficult decision and wondered what God wanted you to do in that situation?
Step 7: The Christian and Witnessing
Jesus Christ’s last command to the Christian community was to make disciples. This command, which the church calls the Great Commission, is the responsibility of every man and woman who professes faith in Christ as Lord.
Step 8: The Christian and Giving
As Christian stewards we must realize that in Christ “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). The objective of this lesson is to surrender everything we have to God because we can rest in His ownership of all.
Step 9: Exploring the Old Testament
This lesson focuses on the origins of man and sin and the results of the fall. As you study, relate the events of our earliest history to the condition of our present world and how it affects you today.
Step 10: Exploring the New Testament
The Gospel of Matthew is the link between the Old and New Testaments. Matthew wrote to the Jews to prove that Christ is their promised Messiah and the eternal King of kings and Lord of lords.