February 17, 2015

Stage Three: The Spiritual Young Adult

Philippians 2:3-4

Americans are currently living in the “Age of the Selfie,” and I’m not just talking about pictures. Selfishness is reaching epidemic proportions. You know things are bad when actor, Ashton Kutcher, felt compelled to exhort American teenagers to embrace the concepts of “working hard, being generous and thoughtful and smart” in order to achieve a better life in his acceptance speech on the Teen Choice Awards in 2013. Later he added, “There’s an entitlement that is starting to emerge that I think is unhealthy for people and unhealthy for our country.” You think?

A key indicator of a disciple in the stage of spiritual young adulthood is a God-and-others-centered outlook. Instead of serving out of guilt or a sense of duty or as long as it’s convenient, they seek out opportunities to serve even when it requires making a sacrifice.

Take this moment to consider how the following words and phrases from Philippians 2:3-4 apply to your life and current stage of discipleship: