What does being Mature in Christ look like in real life?
By Ps Alby Yip
Yes, you can still send in your answers to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org! But why do I ask this question?
I am not asking for theological answers, though any spiritual thoughts are anchored
by theological foundations even if we may not state it. I am also not asking for practical answers, like, “How does one mature spiritually?” One can easily give some standard answers such as go to church regularly, read the Bible, pray, give tithes and offerings. Good answers these may be, they can be trite and may even camouflage the true state of our spiritual well-being.
I am asking for personal answers that reflect the realities of yours, and mine, true spiritual state. Of course, you don’t have to send your personal “confessions.” And just in case you do, be assured that it will be treated with confidence. That is why I asked during the message last Sunday, “What does being Mature in Christ look like in real life, to You?” It is my hope to challenge you, and me, to take stock of our own spiritual journey and maturity.
We do not know where to go if we do not know where we are going. Hence, if we want to be journeying towards spiritual maturity, we must know what spiritual maturity looks like In Our Lives! At your age, in where you are, what you are doing, your personality etc, what would being Mature in Christ look like, in your daily living? It is not some abstract, theoretical or even wistful thoughts like, “How nice if I am able to be like this or that!”
I hope the question will challenge us to intentionally take an inward journey to “see” how we really are and by God’s grace, start to shape ourselves into whom we want to be, or more importantly, whom God wants us to be in Christ. It can be done. As Paul assured us:
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)
So again, please send in your thoughts…