When you have questions about what it means to follow Jesus, who do you ask? If we’re honest, most of us would say that our temptation is to talk to those whom we believe will give us the answer that we want to hear. Many times we go to those who are at the same level of spiritual maturity (or immaturity) as us. But that is unwise. Think about it this way… You’re struggling, barely passing a class, and you want to grow in knowledge and get a better grade in the class. You don’t go to another student who is barely passing or even failing the class, and ask them to mentor you or give you guidance. Why then do so many people approach following Jesus in this way?
Scripture gives us the best model. In Titus 2, we see that the more mature men should teach men who are younger in the faith. And likewise more mature women should teach other women who are younger in the faith. Do you want to pray more effectively? Don’t look to someone who also struggles with prayer; talk to one who is more mature (which could be your pastor, another leader in the church, etc). Are you struggling with doubts? Don’t look to someone else who is doubting, but seek out someone who has strong faith. This is the model of discipleship that God has set before us that will help us become more mature in the faith. RCF makes discipleship one of our top priorities. If you don’t know of anyone who can help you in your spiritual growth, we would love to help. Let us know if you would like to talk further.