Monday, 19 July 2010

The Mature Christian

Hebrews 6:1 (New International Version)
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity,

The goal of every believer should be to progress in their faith and knowledge of God, pressing on to become mature Christians, who can themselves train others. This doesn’t happen by accident, there is a process involved and steps to be taken, to reach the ultimate goal of being like Jesus. Where do you think you are right now on that journey? Here are some things that God is looking for in the mature Christian.*

1. He/she accepts himself/herself. Not thinking too highly (or too lowly) of oneself, but having a correct measure and assessment of one’s gifts abilities and challenges. (Romans 12:3)
2. Characteristically submissive in attitude. Being able to receive reproof or correction from others without anger and resentment. (Matthew 11:29)
3. A balanced character. Self controlled and not given to extremes in mood or behaviour. (1 Peter 1:13)
4. A real friend. Someone who put’s more into fellowship and relationship than they seek take from it. (Proverbs 17:9)
5. Able to cope with frustrations, misunderstandings and depression. Doesn’t go down the tubes when things go wrong. (James 1:2-4)
6. Can take the strong meat of God’s word. Has moved beyond the vary basics of the gospel and is now able to discern good and evil and teach others also. (Hebrews 5:12-14)
7. Steadfast and dependable. Doesn’t give up easily, but presses on and is reliable in heart and service to God and others. (Philippians 3:12-17)

It’s always good to check our own progress. If you see areas that need to be addressed (and we all will), then why not seek out and observe a more mature believer who displays the area (or areas) that you are lacking, and imitate them as they imitate Christ.(1 Corinthians 4:16) Let us press on together towards maturity.

*(With thanks to Hugh Thompson. Restoration Magazine, March 1975)

1 comment:

  1. I would add that a mature Christian exhibits the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control... there are others. Although the mature Christian may struggle with these being evident regularly, he/she longs after them, prays for them and evidences them more and more.
    Along with this, add that a mature Christian desires God's Word on a regular basis and fellowship with God's people from week to week.