Christian maturity isn’t marked by more information – it’s evidenced by reproducing.
We live in a time with great access to information. We have Bible apps and internet search engines. We have study Bibles and on-line theology courses. All of these are good and benefit the Kingdom.
But if we’re not careful we will focus on gaining more information about God and lose our ability to be obedient to his work in our lives. When this happens, we hazard a neglect of our primary call: to make disciples…to reproduce more for the Kingdom. You know…the important stuff.
I think the mark of maturity is our ability to reproduce the Jesus mission.
So what does reproducing look like? It varies, depending on your context.
There are big ways to reproduce
- Starting a new service
- Planting a new church or campus
- Starting a new network
And there are small ways to reproduce
- Making more disciples
- Apprenticing a new leader
- Starting a new small groups
Whatever the level of reproducing, know that these are the metrics that demonstrate Christian maturity.
Mission trumps everything. Jesus gave his followers a mission and therefore started a movement. You and I as believers have a role to play in that movement.
We must be careful that we hold ourselves accountable to that mission. Ours is a life of faith in action (see the Book of James). Knowledge is good and helpful. But mission supersedes it.
So let me ask you – as I ask myself – who have you reproduced lately? What have you reproduced?
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