One of the most challenging tasks in ministry is helping disciples grow to Christian maturity. Why do some Christians move from a getting to a giving faith while others never show signs of maturing? If we see our brothers and sisters stagnating in the faith, how can we help them grow?
The easy answer, of course, is giving them a job in the church. If we ask Pat to teach the preschool class, maybe Pat will grow up a little bit, too. That answer is good to a point, because at least Pat is now attending regularly and being exposed to fellowship and the Word. Still, if attendance is all we have, then our preschool teacher may not be much more spiritually mature than his or her pupils.
The real answer comes from inside. Maturity problems are faith problems. If we want mature actions and attitudes, we have to have a mature faith. And how do we develop that faith? I know of only one way: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ.”
(c) Copyright 2007. A. Milton Stanley