How can you tell a mature Christ follower from an immature one?
That’s the question that churches have been asking for centuries. Answers have varied from where they worship, what they think about the pope, or if they dance. Fairly inconsistent to be honest. We’ve valued different things at different times. In the last century I think the evaluation has become “How well do I know the Bible.” We’ve been taught that if someone is following Jesus closely they will read their Bible daily, memorize large chunks of Scripture, and probably have a Bible that’s well marked, diagramed, and highlighted. But there’s a problem.
What about their actions?
I believe my generation is rejecting this theory and diving into action. It doesn’t matter how often you study the Bible if you don’t follow it. It doesn’t matter how much you have memorized if you don’t put it into practice.
The challenge with many trying to mature as Christians isn’t a lack of knowledge, it’s a lack of practice.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m in favor of studying the Bible, I’m in favor of memorizing it. But not just memorizing it for the sake of memorizing it. Reading and memorizing to fuel our actions is what it’s all about. Jesus didn’t say to the sheep in Matthew 25 “You read your Bible, and prayed, and went to conferences.” Instead he answered the question of how we can mature in our faith, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”