Five Signs Your Are Maturing in Christ in This Modern Age
Spiritual Growth is different from natural maturity
II Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen
In our physical bodies, growth is measured by the passage of time. A baby crawls, a toddler toddles, and older children walk and later run. Girls develop into women by having monthly periods and developing breasts. Church growth is often thought of as how long someone has been a member of a specific congregation or how many years they have served on a board, committee, or ministry. Some believe growing in the Lord is defined by gaining titles, i.e. going from a Reverend, to a Pastor, then a Bishop. Spiritual Growth is actually moving onward and upward in a personal relationship and moving past a lot of traditions that others seem stuck in. You may also find that his gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are more active in your life.
Spiritual Growth is having those ah-ha moments where discernment kicks in. You catch things that others miss and find yourself no longer interested in what appeals to the masses. An example would be when a girl no longer desires to play with dolls or develops an interest in boys to the outrage of her friends. The five signs listed are in no way an indictment or condemnation on anyone. This list is for informational purposes, and confirmation to those who realize something has changed inside of them, which is probably spiritual growing pangs.
1. You no longer enjoy Christian television
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,
Once upon a time, Christian television was about leading people to Christ, but no more. In the 1990s both my mother in law and I slept with our televisions on TBN until morning. This was because the Praise the Lord program would rerun throughout the night. At that time, there would be anointed teaching, preaching, and music that brought the Presence of the Lord right into your home. Today, that television slot is filled with empowerment and motivational teachers, and no longer focuses on Jesus. For this reason, I am encountering believers who say they no longer are being fd spiritually and have stopped watching.
The Word Network and other Christian television today are filled with people hawking their wares, promoting books, CDs, and conferences. Begging for money, and promising what God does not deliver. We now live in a Christian entertainment era and sharing the good news of the gospel gets pushed aside. If you no longer watch what is being peddled as "Christian TV" it's a sign of maturity. Mature believers have spirits that long to hear about the Savior, not how popular a celebrity Christian has become.
2. You understand that money does not move the Lord
During the past two decades, scripture has been bent, twisted and turned it every way but loose in an effort to con church folk out of their money. Congregants and the television audience are told to sow financial seeds in order to reap a blessing. Wolves in sheep clothing tell you to wait on a due season from the Lord, while they rob your pockets in order to live in mansions and fly in private jets. Spiritual maturity is understanding that no matter how they package the lie, it does not change the fact that 2 Corinthians 9:7 says to give as you have purposed in your heart and not because someone begged you.
The spiritually mature are strong enough to not give in a second and third offering or be moved when a -preacher threatens something bad will happen if you do not give. You don't have to march to the front of the church and put your money in a tithe box or stand in a $100.00 line, because Jesus said to give in secret. (Matthew 6:4.)
3. You realize that you are His church and not the building
You may have heard that Hebrews 10:25 means you must attend church services, but church buildings were not instituted until around 323 AD. (I prefer this to CE.) Paul was addressing the believers of his day who met in homes, sometimes in secret. Acts 7:48 tells us:
"Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet." I Corinthians 3:16 says: Do you not know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
Spiritual maturity is understanding that going to church is a choice and not a requirement. You realize it is more important to please Him every day, rather than focus on one day each week. We grow His church by gaining new believers for his Kingdom and not by adding bodies to the seats of the building.
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.
4. Your spirit is grieved with me me me gospel generation
Anyone who attended church prior to the last 20 years, probably heard songs like, Oh how I love Jesus, There is room at the cross for you, or All hail the power of Jesus Name. All hymns were praises to the Lord. Today there is a rap gospel song where someone is saying, "Won't He do it" over and over. There is another where the chorus is, "I'm gonna get my blessing right now". Charlie Wilson of "The Gap Band" had a hit with I'm blessed where he talks about playing cards and hanging out. I was surprised to hear this on a local Christian station because it does not glorify the Lord.
I Corinthians 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence
If you are turned off by songs that have the same beat like the ones you danced to in the 1970s, and you cringe at the music that is centered on me, myself, and I instead of Christ, you are mature. You understand that singing about human flesh is not pleasing to Him.
5. Growing in Him
Ephesians 4:15-19 J.B. Phillips New Testament
14-16 We are not meant to remain as children at the mercy of every chance wind of teaching and the jockeying of men who are expert in the craft presentation of lies. But we are meant to hold firmly to the truth in love, and to grow up in every way into Christ, the head. For it is from the head that the whole body, as a harmonious structure knit together by the joints with which it is provided, grows by the proper functioning of individual parts to its full maturity in love.
The fifth sign of Spiritual maturity is growing away from things you previously held to.
I Corinthians 13:11. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. Remember when you felt like a big kid when you stopped believing in Santa, the tooth fairy or Easter bunny, but younger children still did. When you embrace the first four signs, you will find you are on a spiritual level that others may never embrace. It may be uncomfortable, but just keep growing.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston