Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Maturity: Ability to stop or start

Scott (of has been most generous on Thrive Christian blog. He added a great evaluation. He said,

"Maturity could be labeled as self-control. The ability to stop and assess a situation before acting on it. The knowledge that God will always have the correct answer, so before heading into anything, ask Him what to do before you take action. The fact of life is sometimes things happen to us so quickly that we don't have time to stop and dwell and seek God - this is where, if you have spent the time in His word and daily seeking Him, He guides you through it."

Bob Mumford, author of Agape Road, wrote that Spiritual Maturity can be determined by the ability to stop or start any activity. On so many levels God has blessed me with this gift and He continues to show me more ways I need to lean into Him for self control. Much of the struggles in our economy can be summed up in this one principle: stop or start in God's timing and calling.

Scott goes on to share:
Speaking on maturity, I'm not sure I can discern spiritual maturity in others. Or maybe it's that I don't try.

I have to agree with Scott on working with other Christians, I need to be mindful of their maturity. Many times expectations of leaders are probably not in line with the maturity of their team members. Even Paul realized a "baby" accustomed to "milk" cannot suddenly begin to chew a steak.

As we work together may we operate in mercy with "babies" in Christ as we hope others over us will not overwhelm us beyond our spiritual maturity.

May God show us all what He wants us to know about maturity in our Christian walk.


Scott said...

I appreciate you comments. Just so every one knows I can back up my words on "He guides you through it," I hope you and your friends will stop by my place today and witness what God has lead me through. The Party

Chatty Kelly said...

Always good words over here Kay! I hope you are having a great week!

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.