Four Excuses That Could Keep Us Spiritually Immature

Someone recently reflected that a high percentage of most churches are filled with people who are either spiritually dead or spiritually immature. Would you agree?  Is this why the church is losing ground in terms of growth in the nation?

What about you personally?  Do you feel spiritually alive?  Do you feel close to God and obedient to your calling?  Can you pinpoint your active role in helping in the mission of the church to be salt and light?

It’s good to remember that faith grows and matures by living it out – by doing something with it.  You can’t cram spiritual maturity. You don’t just wait and wait until you feel like you are ready.  You pause, trust God, stay connected to the vine and literally jump in!

I once heard someone say, “You can’t make disciples if you’re making excuses.” There are a few age-old barriers that get in the way of responding to God’s call.  These things will keep you small spiritually. Here are some of those age old excuses:

I’m Too Old

Abraham fell face down; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” Genesis 17:17

There’s Probably Someone Better Than Me For The Job

But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” Exodus 4:1

Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since You have spoken to Your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:10

What If I Fail?

Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen?”  Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was He who sent me to bring you this good news! But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born.” Luke 1:18-19

But Peter said to Him, “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you that this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.” All the disciples said the same thing too. Matt. 26:33-35

I’m Scared

“But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers[c] in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon Your name.”  Acts 9:13-14

But Jonah got up to run away from the Lord by going to Tarshish. He went to the city of Joppa, where he found a ship that was going to the city of Tarshish. Jonah paid for the trip and went aboard, planning to go to Tarshish to run away from the Lord. Jonah 1:3

 

Spiritually mature Christians push beyond these insecurities and put their trust in God. In fact, it may that you must push beyond your comfort zone to grow and become spiritually mature. Confidence to follow God must come from a confidence in God. We will never be “ready” without taking the first step. God provides what is needed as the journey goes along.

Sometimes, we place such limitations on ourselves (or what we perceive others think about us) that we really believe God can’t use us.

All things are possible with God.  He makes much out of little.

In each of these scripture passages listed above, God did amazing things!

No more excuses. God is calling… go. The church needs people who are spiritually alive, connected to the vine and growing in faith as they venture out, serving Jesus!


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