You might be an immature Christian if…
- You rest too much on your observance of Christian duties (ex: Bible reading, prayer, etc.). “As it is a sign of an apostate professor to call of duty, so it is also a note of a young and weak professor to rest too much upon his duties.”
- You aren’t able to see the faults in your successes. “A weak Christian does not have clear insight into the close and spiritual failing which cleave to his performances.”
- You focus your attention on matters of indifference. “Not to know our liberty, and to abuse our liberty, is an argument we have but little grace. Young converts call more things sins than ever God did”
- You neglect your worldly callings. This would be like the Thessalonians who stopped being a working part of society as the waited upon the Second Coming. Neglecting your family, your job, etc. at the expense of “spiritual things” is actually a mark of immaturity.
- You are a respecter of persons. Putting yourself into factions and following men. “To idolize some, and to despise others, argues that you are in weak faith.”
- You are easily led away into error and various fads. “Weakness of head argues that grace is not very strong in your heart.”
- You are content with the elementary aspects of the faith. Having an unwillingness to “further search into the depths and mysteries of religion” is a mark of immaturity.
- You are strong in emotion but not grounded in truth. The Puritans called this having heat without light. “There are many Christians who have much zeal and affection, but are not solid in their judgment”.
- You cannot stand to be argued with or rebuked. “A sharp reproof will discover whether you are of a weak spiritual temper and constitution.” If you cannot handle criticism it is a sign of immaturity.
- You trust God for your soul but not your every day life. “There are those who dare trust God for heaven, and yet do not trust Him for earth, but these are of little faith.” (From, Borrowed Light)
At some point we might feel the need to challenge ourselves and others with the words of the apostle Paul, “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves.” (II Cor. 13:5).
3 marks of a true believer in Philippians 3:3
1. We worship (or serve) by the Spirit of God.
2. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us.
3. We put no confidence in human effort.