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*The process of spiritual maturity that we looked at last week involved growing in such a way that you reflect Jesus Christ in your everyday life and decisions. Another aspect of spiritual maturity in the Christian’s life is passing that growth onto those around you.

Paul put it in personal terms. He said, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1) Now I’m not sure many of us would want to sign our names under a bold statement like the one above, but there is nothing wrong with following people if those people are following Christ. A major part of Paul’s ministry was transferring what he had been entrusted with to others.

If you continue to take in the Word of God but don’t do your spiritual exercises by applying it and passing it along, you get spiritually overweight. In order to continue in your growth toward maturity, you need to share the things you learn and have applied with others, just like Paul did.

Even if you haven’t gone that far in your Christian life, you can help somebody coming along behind you.

SCRIPTURE READINGS: 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27