I’ve learned something else in these almost-twenty-years.
If someone shows up in your church and wraps themselves in a cloak of “spiritual maturity,” be wary.
In other words, if they are just a little too eager to speak of their own knowledge of Scripture, passion for theology, and general spiritual depth, it’s probably wise to keep some distance — at least for a little while.
Think about it. If people really are spiritually mature, would they ever have to tell you about it?
Isn’t humility such a hallmark of spirituality that the most spiritually mature folks would be among the last to think of themselves that way, much less verbalize it?
I pray that we can grow people around here out of self-identified maturity and into God-honoring humility.