Marks of Spiritual Maturity

Colossians 2:1-7 

1.       Hearts strengthened by the gospel of Jesus. 

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” Psalm 31:24 

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 

He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 

Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way.” Proverbs 23:19 

Many things promise to bring refreshing to our hearts when we need it.  Modern Psychology, a boy friend or girl friend, Money, Success, Drugs, Immorality.  Some of these things have their place in our lives; some of these should not be in the life of a Christian.  Still, the Word of God is the only thing that can truly strengthen our heart.  Does your heart need the refreshing only God can bring?  Get in His word.  Listen to music that speaks the Word of God in song.  Worship the Lord.  Listen to the Lord. 

 

2.      Love that unites believers in Jesus. 

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14 

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”” John 13:35 

God’s love is the thread that ties His people together.  And no organization of group is bound with tighter bonds than Christian.  If want binds us together is the love of God, we our bound together forever.  God’s love for us – our love for God – our love for others 

 

3.      Deep and growing knowledge of Jesus. 

Intellectual and to greater extent relational.

a.      Assurance – You can be certain that heaven is your home. 1 John 5:13

b.      Wisdom – Practical application of God’s truth

c.       Defense – Satan wants you to believe lies – lies about marriage, finances, God’s care for you, morality, your value.  A deep and growing knowledge of Jesus is our defense against Satan’s lies.

  

    4.      Faithfulness to Jesus. 

Military terms – We are to be standing at attention, together awaiting our orders and responding faithfully, ready to serve

  

5.      Walking with Jesus. 

Receiving Jesus is not the end of our Christian life.  It’s the beginning – the beginning of a life whereby we walk step with step with Jesus every day.  By receiving Jesus, we are rooted in Him and we continue to be built up. 

 

6.      Overflowing Thankfulness to Jesus. 

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 

Thankfulness is a byproduct of humility.  You see, spiritually mature does not mean we have arrived and pretend to be among the spiritual elite.  Quit the opposite.  We recognize that all we have is a gift from God and that we are completely dependent upon Him.

v  Don’t you want to be around someone like this: One whose heart that drinks upon the Word of God to find strength, one whose love for others is strong and genuine, one who has a deep and growing knowledge of Jesus, one who is faithful to Jesus – ready to serve Him at a moments notice, one who has real day by day walk with the Lord, and one whose life just overflows with gratitude.  Isn’t this someone you want to be around?  Isn’t this someone who God delights to use?  Isn’t this someone who even non-Christians see Jesus in?

v  Agonize for these things to be true in the lives of those you are able to influence

o   Your spouse, children, grandchildren.

o   Sunday School Class

o   Classmates, co-workers, friends

v  Pursue this in your life – pursue spiritual maturity – Put Colossians 2:6-7 to memory!

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