Learning Spiritual Maturity
Take a married man like me. I’m 39 years of age. Lisa and I have been married 18 years. I’m best at my marriage when I’m thinking – not about Ed’s needs, not about what makes Ed look good or feel good – when I’m thinking about whose needs? Lisa’s needs. That’s when my marriage is at its best.
Take planning a family vacation. What’s the most mature thing for me to do: to plan the family vacation around the needs of our four children and Lisa, or to say, “Hey, kids, we’re going to go to a mosquito-infested swamp and bass-fish for two weeks.” What’s the most mature thing? I turned to my friend at the small group and I said, “Hey, we have a hunk of spiritually mature people who plan ministry and programs not only for people who are already at Fellowship Church, but also who plan ministry for those people who haven’t shown up yet!” Did you get that? We have people who plan this church not only for those of us who are here, but also for people who haven’t shown up yet. If we hadn’t planned this deal for those who had not shown up yet, most of you would not be here. Over the last two years, we’ve doubled in size. We moved into this place running 5,000, now we’re at about 11,000. Spiritual maturity.
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