Spiritual maturity illuminates Christ-like behavior

By: Lisa Wilmore

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This morning and everyday that he gives us, we should be reminded of his Grace and Mercy. I am reminded of the words of the psalmist, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: because his mercy endureth forever” (Psalm 118:1).

It is so amazing to see packed Bible classes or Sunday services with wall to wall attendees. When and if this happens, individuals are positioned to hear the word of God and encouraged to allow his word to take root in their hearts and then live according to God’s standard.

It is true that many hear, but remain unchanged. In fact, individuals may love the excitement and hype of praising and worshipping God on Sunday morning, yet do not illuminate Christ-likeness as they live outside of Sunday morning services. When christians, disciples of Jesus, yield themselves to worshipping on Sunday morning, Christ-like characteristics must follow on Monday morning and all week long.

First and foremost, mature Christians continuously abound in love. Christ made it clear that all of the laws are summed up in love. Matthew records Jesus saying, “‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

In addition, every spiritually mature, true follower of Christ, must illuminate love. In fact, John records Jesus saying, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35).

Worship and praise is a phenomenal display of adoration to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This may exude spiritual maturity for those who have had an opportunity to observe where God has brought us from in our spiritual lives. But the real test is how does our Chris-like behavior illuminate outside of our worship and praise?

Lastly, as Christians spiritually mature in Christ, it is a natural effect to love God and each other more. However, the world should witness this type of agape (unconditional) love that runs from “heart to heart”. John writes in the word of God, “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8).

Worship and praise are awesome experiences on Sunday mornings; but, our Christ-like behavior illuminates spiritual maturity.