Monday, April 23, 2007

Growing to maturity

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

2 comments:

Sista Cala said...

You are so right, there is no shortcut to maturity.
There are negatives results when animals are forced to develop and mature at a faster pace than natural. For example: giving them steriods to build muscle mass. They may increase in size, but the sterioids will damage their internal organs. When we try to force maturity on child-like folks, they may do all the right things- but are they really maturing in thought and spirit?

Milton Stanley said...

Very good analogy, SC. Trying to force Christian maturity can create a whole lot of problems. Peace.