This post is partially extracted from the video link – https://youtu.be/lpiQdRd9DSc and blended with personal insights.
The video is about Getting into Word to produce disciples of Christ, Part 1.
The video draws attention to the traits of a disciple of Christ, where their focus is on the divine alignment and divine assignment.
The topic of discipleship is close to my heart for a few reasons. Firstly, making disciples is the great commission of Mat28.
Mat28:19 does not say to convert the unbeliever by saying the sinner’s prayer of Rom10:9-10 but to make disciples that observe the Lord’s commandments (Mat28:20).
This post is the 1st post of 3 posts.
To support this focus, the video posed the question – what is the critical issue facing the body of Christ (BoC)?
Spiritual maturity is the critical issue and need facing the BoC for the spiritual health of Christ-likeness. Spiritual maturity is not predicated on the age as a Christian or status in the 5-fold ministry.
The opposite of spiritual maturity is spiritual indifference or apathy. Spiritual apathy produces non-disciples believers and pseudo-disciple believers.
A non-disciple is indifferent and avoids the matters of God. Such a person calls on God and avoids the call of God. The pseudo-disciple lacks an adequate spiritual compass.
Spiritual maturity is not-
1. Spiritual knowledge is not spiritual maturity. A person can have much spiritual knowledge but lead a carnal life.
2. Spiritual zeal is not spiritual maturity.
3. Spiritual activism that leads to spiritual titles or valued positions is not spiritual maturity.
4. Spiritual giftedness is not spiritual maturity.
Spiritual maturity is about divine alignment and divine assignment as measured by the Word of God.
1. Divine alignment – About submission and obedience to God’s will by valuing the truth in His Word through revelations and spiritual awakening.
This alignment will take the view as created spiritual beings and not only physical beings.
2. Divine assignment – About living a life of repentance, meekness, and having a servant’s heart. By taking this view, we are carrying out earthly assignments with eternal value.
To expand on the challenges of spiritual apathy, the video draws from the Parable of the Sower expounded in post 2 out of 3, titled Discipleship and Spiritual Apathy.