The Mark of Maturity
If you could share with a friend one thing about the lesson on Sunday, what would it be and why?
Has God answered any of your “10:2” prayers? Have you seen any changes since you’ve been praying these prayers?
Luke spoke about maturity on Sunday, which is an often confused thing in our culture. What we think of as mature is often spiritually immature, such as “Mature” content in games and movies. As we start this week, think of your youth and how you might have wanted to be more mature than you were. Can you think of some things you did to act older or to fit in with an older, more “mature” crowd? If you’re comfortable, please share.
One of the things we most often mistake for maturity is knowledge. Knowing a lot about a subject often passes for maturity. But over and over we can read in the Bible that knowledge is elementary. Please read the following passages about knowledge and maturity.
1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
2 Peter 1: 5-7
Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
What insights, if any, did you gain from these passages?
What part does knowledge play in maturity? That is, how can knowledge help a person mature? How is it limited in producing maturity?
Some of the most knowledgeable people in Jesus’s time were the Pharisees. They memorized the Torah, or the first 5 books of the Old Testament, by the age of 12! But consider what Jesus said about them.
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.
Imagine you’re a Pharisee. How might you feel hearing Jesus say this?
Bringing it Home
As Christians, it’s possible for us to fall into the same pitfall as the Pharisees. We can know the Scriptures and still fail to know God. Can you think of some safeguards to avoid this? What can you do to make sure you walk closely with God?
The main point from Sunday was that the mark of spiritual maturity isn’t knowing, it’s doing. Is there anything you know to do that you haven’t been doing? What can you do to get started?