Last week we established that spiritual maturity is much more than just head knowledge. Pastor Dustin wrote that in order for one to be spiritually mature, they must first and foremost love God. Loving God gives us the perfect foundation for growing in our spiritual journey. After we claim that spiritual maturity is impossible without loving God, we must then begin to take next steps, so that our belief can be followed by actions.
I know what caused the attacks in Paris this past week. I know it because I have felt the cause in my own heart and in my own life. I am not talking about the inclination towards sin that we as humans all share, I am talking about something more specific to our day and age. I am talking about something that has the potential to destroy our society and quite possibly humanity from the inside out.
Have we missed what spiritual maturity looks like? That was the question I asked last week. I have been processing that question for months now, and as I shared last week, I feel as though we have missed it. Sadly, the culture in our churches have relegated spiritual maturity to knowledge. If spiritual maturity is not measured by how much we know about God, then how should spiritual maturity be measured? Last week, my simple answer was this: Jesus. If we want to have a picture of what spiritual maturity looks like, we should look no further than Jesus himself. He lived a life free from sin and in complete communion with the Father. The question then is how do we imitate Jesus and become more like him?