8 Marks of a Maturing Christian Faith

1. Maturity moves away from a self-centered life and toward a gospel-simple, God-centered orientation aimed at God’s glory.

Do I find myself concerned less and less about my kingdom and more about God’s kingdom? When I get upset is it because someone broke God’s laws or my laws?

2. Maturity moves away from a circumstantially centered roller coaster of emotions and toward a disciplined life rooted in daily spiritual habits.

Do I find myself developing a steadfast confidence in God’s promises or am I passive as my fluctuating moods determine my attitude and behavior?

3. Maturity moves away from a legalistic, works-oriented relationship with God and toward a stable, gospel-centered security in Christ.

When I sin do I run to Christ because I know that I am forgiven or do I feel like I have to earn my way back into fellowship with him?

4. Maturity moves a way from a self-centered evaluation of assurance of salvation and toward a firm confidence in Christ as the ground of assurance.

When I come to a bridge and wonder whether it is strong enough to support me as I cross over it, do I look at my car (my faith) or the bridge (Jesus)?

5. Maturity moves away from exalted thoughts of self and toward lower and more humbled opinions of self and greater awareness of the remaining sin within.

Am I pretty impressed with where I am spiritually and how far I’ve come or am I convicted about how much sin remains within me?

6. Maturity moves away from the impulse to correct others in harsh arrogance and toward a humbled and loving correction of others motivated by a deep sense of the worth of souls.

Am I bothered more by others’ sins or my own? Today, do I believe that I am the worst sinner that I know?

7. Maturity moves away from fearful apprehension about life’s circumstances and toward a confidence in God’s sovereign orchestration over every detail in life.

Do I have a growing sense that nothing can happen to me apart from the will of my loving father who gave his own son for me?

8. Maturity moves away from worldly securities and toward an increasing willingness to leave this world in the Lord’s timing.

Am I living like this world or the next world is the main world?

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