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How to know if you’re a “mature” Christian

August 2, 2011

There are many ways to gauge you’re increasing maturity as a Christian. Here is one.

It’s all about Rest and Recovery.

Think about athletes. Being an athlete isn’t determined by whether or not you’re knackered. All athletes get tired. Whether you play football, run a marathon, tennis, swim, etc. You will get tired. Your muscles will feel on the brink of exhaustion and will need to rest. However, one way to determine your prowess as an athlete is by how long you need for recovery before getting up again. All muscles get stretched and experience pain…but how long does it take you to bounce back?

Spiritual maturity as a Christian is quite similar. In this life, as you travel the path of discipleship, there will be good times and hard times. Fruiting and fallow seasons. Times of rest and work. Times of exhilaration and times of exhaustion. In those times when things are hard, where there is no fruit, when it seems all work and you’re exhausted and you desperately need to rest…when your emotional and spiritual energy is absolutely spent…how long does it take you to recover?

How long until you feel like equilibrium has been restored? When your spiritual muscles have beens stretched to the breaking, what is your recovering time?

Is it a few days? A week? A month? Longer?

You see, once your spiritual energy is spent, it takes a toll on you. Jesus himself noticed when his spiritual energy left him unexpectedly (when the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years touched the hem of his garment). Once God has used you and his Spirit has worked in you and through you in significant ways, it’ll leave you spent. If you are spiritually fit, you’ll be able to bounce back quickly. If you’re not, being used can lead to an abyss of spiritual detachment for months and months.

While this isn’t the perfect way or the only way to judge your maturity, your ability to “bounce back” after times of spiritual exhaustion (which are inevitable) give you a window into your developing maturity.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2011 2:13 pm

    Thanks for the rhythmic reminder…

  2. August 2, 2011 2:15 pm

    I think that another way of perhaps saying the same thing, is how quickly am I able to forgive?

  3. Steve Biltawi permalink
    August 3, 2011 5:15 pm

    Great Article Mike,very thought provoking,be helpful to hear how you and others do the rest and recovery ?!

  4. Terra permalink
    August 23, 2011 5:27 pm

    Quite brilliantly worded Mike!


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