Anonymous asked a question:
Hi, I just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for taking your time to write these posts and answering questions. What does it mean to be spiritually mature? Does it just mean someone is far in their walk with God or receives many visions and revelations? Sometimes I feel like Christianity is a race to see who can achieve this maturation the fastest.
Thanks so much my friend. I love what I do and I love every one of you I can serve, even if it helps just a few.
I appreciate your question too. You’re not alone in thinking this. Many Christians are straight up exhausted with all these absurd spiritual parameters that we throw on ourselves. Most of them are not from, you know, the Bible.
I get pretty sad about this one because I meet Christians who will say, “I just don’t think I’m growing. I read the Bible morning and night, I attend church nine times per week, I talk with God at sunrise and in the car and during my lunch break, I evangelized to only four people this month, and I listened to a messed up kid for an hour without saying Jesus once.”
I keep thinking, “Dang dude — you’re actually growing a lot.”
When we set such high ridiculous standards, I think we go into morbid self-punishment by 1) measuring our quantity, 2) measuring our intentions, 3) grading our intensity, and 4) comparing to other “good Christians.”
I feel like Satan is laughing his butt off while we run around trying harder, doing more, hyping up our feelings, and defining our spirituality with distorted definitions.