Let’s continue to move. This is the next installment in our traits of a mature/ maturing disciple. Here are the traits/ characteristics we have covered so far.
- Engages in regular conversation with God
- Lives out life that is others focused
- Dispenses forgiveness quickly
- Presents a teachable disposition for life and ministry
- Has a missional mindset and focus
- Owns the ministry of the local church
- Processes life and decisions through the Bible
- Rests in the sovereignty of God, especially amidst trial
- Leads his or her children in the ways of the Lord
- Encourages others
#11 – Practices spiritual disciplines
The Bible describes a process of maturation for the Christian. Christ followers are to grow in holiness, grace and compassion. There are many things that go into this transformation. But as a person becomes a Christian, he or she starts off as a baby and begins to grow. An essential piece to growing as a Christian is training. Many Christians think growing as a believer is about trying. Significant growth is much more about training than trying. The Bible describes this reality in 1 Timothy 4:7-8. Believers need to train and this happens through spiritual disciplines. Maturing Christ followers are committed to time in prayer, reading the Bible, fasting, giving, serving and raising the next generation. It is in these contexts where we place ourselves on the potter’s wheel for the master potter to change our soul. These are a means to an end. An end of knowing our God more and becoming transformed to be more like him. Ask yourself today, if you profess to be a disciple of Jesus, what does your commitment to spiritual disciplines look like?