Aging vs Maturing

Ben Reed —  September 9, 2010 — Leave a comment

Growing older doesn’t guarantee you will grow in spiritual maturity.

Intentionally investing in your spiritual growth, though, does.

In our small group last night, we talked about the idea that as we grow older, there’s no promise that we’ll just fall naturally into godliness and spiritual maturity.  It’s unnatural to do so.

The natural thing to do is to spend time doing things that distract us from our relationship with God and others.  But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good.  We brainstormed some things that aren’t evil (in and of themselves), but that distract us from a deeper relationship with God.

What are some things in your life that stall the spiritual maturing process?  Can you begin to cut them out?

Because you can’t slow down aging…but you can slow down maturing.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8-9

 

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Ben Reed

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Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.