“The Savior is not looking for men and women who will give their spare evenings to Him or their weekends or their years of retirement. Rather He seeks those who will give Him first place in their lives.” – William MacDonald
What is spiritual maturity? Spiritual maturity is learning to live like Jesus Christ and walk in obedience to God. It is not determined by the amount of time you’ve been a Christian or how religious you appear. It is, however, a vital part of a Christian’s life and is something that needs to be monitored. If you’re not moving ahead, you’re falling behind. It’s not possible to stay the same. We’re supposed to long for spiritual maturity:
“like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” – 1 Peter 2:2
To grow in spiritual maturity takes work and effort. People do not excel at something without putting effort into it, and the same is true of our relationship with God. There are five main components that people need to focus on in order to grow:
Today is Day 1 in a five part series to address the five components of spiritual growth and is going to focus on commitment and what that looks like. Commitment is defined as “the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.” Synonyms for committed included dedicated, devoted, loyal, or faithful. Being committed to growing means that you are actively dedicated to Christ. You cannot be lukewarm about God. It is all-in or all-out.
I didn’t understand how God felt about lukewarm Christians until I stumbled upon this bible verse: “So, because you are lukewarm –neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” – Revelations 3:16 (NIV). That’s pretty clear. We cannot go to church on Sunday and back to worldly ways on Monday and think God’s okay with it.
Being committed to Christ means giving up some things that the world calls normal. It means taking care of the poor, the orphaned, the oppressed and the widowed. Sometimes, it will involve words but a lot of times we just need actions. I can talk all day long about the poor but if I don’t donate my time or my money, then what good am I doing?
Commitment means sacrificing time to focus on doing what God calls me to do instead of what I desire. It might look like getting up early to volunteer at a soup kitchen when you really wanted to sleep in on a Saturday. I personally love sleep but sleep doesn’t help my relationship with the Lord grow.
How can you gauge your commitment? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- How much time do I spend with the Lord (prayer, reading the Bible, church, serving, etc?)
- Do I spend more time on social media than on spiritual matters?
- Has my time commitment to the Lord grown in the past 12 months, stayed the same or decreased?
- Am I involved in a church or Christian community?
- Am I serving anywhere?
- Are you making sacrifices as a result of your beliefs?
- Do I have a daily quiet time?
We all have areas we can improve on, so if this revealed some weaknesses to you, that’s okay. Identify one or two areas and come up with a plan to make those weaknesses strengths.
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