Rethinking Christian maturity

September 4th, 2008

One of the things I have been refelcting on lately is just what is Christian maturity.

Years ago I probably would have said that a mature Christian was someone who went to church regularly, paid their tithe, served in some form in the church, was a good citizen, and had a good Bible knowledge.

While these things might be the marks of maturity, I don’t think they cover it all. Here’s a few reflections that I have come up with. It is just a few thoughts and not meant to be an exhaustive list.

1. Jesus – this goes without saying that a mature Christian trusts in Jesus for their salvation. They also realise that it is important to share Jesus with other people in the way they are called to do it.

2. Steady – a mature Christian realises that while life has its ups and downs, they know that God is in control. They are not like a boat being tossed on the ocean. They seemed to be anchored firmly to Christ.

3. Stewards – mature Christians realise that all they own is God’s. It is less about paying the exact tithe and more about using their assets, time and gifts to honour God and play their part in expanding His Kingdom.

4. Answers – someone who is mature realises they don’t have all the answers. They can admit they are not expert on all aspects of doctrine and what the Bible teaches on every subject.

5. Faults – a mature Christian admits they are not perfect. They realise they have their struggles and don’t try to portray they have it all together all of the time. They understand they are human and they have faults.

6. Feeding – a mature Christians is someone who knows how to feed themselves spiritually. They allow others to feed them, but ultimately they realise that it is their responsibility to keep growing.

7. Themselves – someone mature has an understanding of who they are in Christ. They have a godly confidence in themselves based on who God says they are. Because of this they are free to be themselves.

So there you have it. My reflections on Christian maturity. As I said it is not meant to be exhaustive, but just to include some of the things I have been thinking about lately.