She’s at it again: * Guest blog by Susie Walther, http://www.thewellbiblestudy.org
Would you say that you are a mature Christian?
Why would you consider yourself “mature” in your faith?
Susie writes, “I recently attended a Verge conference, and one of the speakers cited some recent statistics from the Barna Group regarding women in the church.
She said that 74% of Christian women consider themselves mature in their faith.
But the Barna poll also revealed that less than 25% of those same women actually shared the gospel, helped the needy, valued volunteering/serving or gave financially to support ministry, and that only 13% viewed their main role in life as being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
So, that really begs the question – exactly what do these women mean when they say they’re “mature?”
Obviously, Christian maturity for them has little to do with being a disciple, which would involve spending time with Jesus through the Christian disciplines of daily quiet time and prayer, and intentional involvement in the Great Commission. Maturity for these women did not include the pro-active sharing of their faith, serving others intentionally, helping the world around them or giving generously out of their monetary means.
So, again I have to ask, what the heck do these women mean when they call themselves “mature???”
Are they defining maturity as time in grade – you know, “I’ve been a Christian for 10 or 50 years…so I’m mature” or “I’ve attended church all my life, so I’m mature?” Are they the ones who “read through the Bible once?” Are they dubbing themselves mature because they’re uber-involved in their kids’ lives or they home school, eat organic foods, run marathons and are nice people? Is maturity to them volunteering once a year on a missions trip or helping with VBS, attending a Bible study, listening to Christian radio, and reading Our Daily Bread when they can?
Whatever the case, we should be absolutely alarmed because we are a generation of Christian women who consider ourselves “mature in Christ” who don’t live like we need the Gospel and certainly aren’t living our lives to advance the Kingdom of God.
Righteous King of Heaven, wake us up from our slumber and show us the peril of our deception!”
So I ask you again, “Are you mature in your faith?”
What evidence of maturity can you point to in your life?