A few months ago, the Barna Research Group released the results of a large survey that they had conducted in regards to discipleship. There were some interesting and disturbing results. 74% of Christians surveyed said that they were “happy with where they are in their spiritual life” or are “almost where they want to be in their spiritual life.” While this statistic may not initially seem problematic, it demonstrates that too many Christians think they have arrived (or are close) in spiritual maturity! What happens next in such a person’s life? It generally does not lead to a deeper pursuit of knowing Christ. As a Christian, we should always be hungering and thirsting for more of Christ in our life, but too many Christians are satisfied with a shallow relationship with God. We should be able to recognize growth and maturity in our life, but we should never become complacent and stop growing.
Perhaps some of the lack of desire for growth comes from the perception that our spiritual life has very little impact on other parts of life. The survey found that a majority of Christians didn’t believe that their relationship with God had any impact on family, friends, community, or society as a whole. American Christians have reduced knowing and following Jesus to a mere personal spiritual experience. But Jesus never intended that. He wanted all of us to make our faith public (see Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 5:19, Acts 1:8, and Romans 10:9 for a few examples). Faith in Jesus Christ should impact all of our life in such a way that it impacts those around us, whether at home, school, work, or even at the gym. If Jesus is the most important part of our life, it will clearly show in the way that we live, AND we won’t be able to keep from speaking about Him.
I want to challenge you to examine your spiritual life today. Are you happy with where you are? Do you see how your relationship with God will impact the world around you? If you see room for growth, and you want to make an impact at URI and beyond for Jesus, we want to help you. Contact us, and we’ll help to challenge you this semester!