Our 6 outcomes: Spiritual Maturity
How, as circle coaches, can we measure whether or not our circles are striving toward spiritual maturity or not? We want the people in our circles to be growing and moving forwards, not becoming stale and stagnant!
I don’t think we are going to wake up one day and feel like we’ve gained maximum spiritual maturity. (We probably won’t be saying that until we’ve reached heaven.) However it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be operating towards this. What I think is that it requires working on ourselves, our identity and learning how to stay in our own lane.
It says in Ephesians 4:11-13 (TPT)…
“11 And he has appointed some with grace to be apostles, and some with grace to be prophets, and some with grace to be evangelists, and some with grace to be pastors, and some with grace to be teachers. 12 And their calling is to nurture and prepare all the holy believers to do their own works of ministry, and as they do this they will enlarge and build up the body of Christ. 13 These grace ministries will function until we all attain oneness in the faith, until we all experience the fullness of what it means to know the Son of God, and finally we become one perfect man with the full dimensions of spiritual maturity and fully developed in the abundance of Christ.”
What I love about these verses is that it specifically speaks about two things;
1) We all carry different giftings from God.
2) We are one body.
I think it’s important to note, that we ALL carry different gifts. No one is better than the other. Sometimes we can think that God forgot to give us our gift, or we down play our gifts and elevate others. Every gift is important, and it helps to build HIS church. Learning how to exercise these gifts is important. If you are confident in your gifting, continually look for how you can serve others. If you aren’t sure, pray and ask God to help you.
We are in it together. We have a great commission on our hands and if we look to achieve this by ourselves then it would be impossible. However by bringing the body together, we realise we can accomplish so much more. We need different giftings in order to outwork what we have been called to do.
It’s important that we as circle coaches help our circles move forward in maturity. We are not called to answer everyone’s questions and feed them, it’s about challenge, and accountability and encouraging them to grow more and more in love with Jesus.
Hebrews 5:13 says…
“I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.” (MSG)
We don’t want to raise a generation of immature christians, we want our circles and future circles to be full of spiritually maturing people.
If we want this for our circles then we have to outwork these things. On a daily basis moving toward falling more and more in love with him, serving others and building his church.