How to Mature as a Christian


How to Mature as a ChristianHow 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.”

Which side of the coin do you struggle more with?  Finding time to read the Bible?  Or trying to live it out?

4 responses to How to Mature as a Christian

  1. I guess this goes back to what grandma always used to say… “actions speak louder than words.” However, depending on the day, I can be struggling with both.

  2. joyce cormican 02/11/2013 at 2:23 PM

    This was good. I am constantly reminded that I need to be a “doer of the Word and not just a hearer”. I love God’s Word, and love to teach it; it is so powerful! But it is so much harder to put it into practice. And it is hard for people to receive it when we don’t live it out.

  3. your are absolutly correct…
    it doesn’t matter if I read my entire bible twice this year and memorized all the psalms and the book of John…
    if i didn’t help the orphaned and widow and the needy…then I accomplished absolutly nothing…
    But if someone who maybe has only memorized a few versus here and there…spends some reading in his word from time to time…never really has read the entire bible all…and feeds the hungry and clothe the homeless and look after the needy…then they are more mature.

  4. There is more to it than this, I think. I agree with your article substantially however reading and studying Scripture has to be part of our daily routine – Scripture is not just about practical application but about God revealing Himself to us. The result is, I hope, a greater depth of understanding God’s purpose, will and character and therefore impact our lives but the fact is not all Scripture is something we put into practice. With that said, because we know how great our God is: I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Ps 119.11