What makes a person spiritual? Too often these days “spirituality” is associated with New Age or Eastern beliefs, and some even insist that “I am spiritual, but not religious.” For Christians the true meaning of spirituality is inexorably linked to the Holy Spirit, who indwells all believers. In our most recent class on the Holy Spirit we learned how the Spirit works in the lives of individual Christians. The Spirit convicts us of our sin, brings us into fellowship with God and others, and works through our sanctification to make us more Christlike.
According to the Bible, there are three types of people:
- The natural person — this is how we are born
- “People of the flesh”– people who know Christ, but are still living as spiritual infants
- Spiritual people– those who are led by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:11-12); who are spiritually minded
Every believer receives spiritual gifts for the building up of the church (1 Peter 4:10-11) as well as spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3). Believers are meant to be spiritual stones, built into a spiritual house where they dedicate their lives fully to God. (1 Peter 2:5).
Herbert Lockyer, (1886–1984) a minister and best-selling author of more than 50 books, lists these characteristics that identify a truly spiritual person:
- They are misunderstood by most people
- They show signs of development in their faith life (spiritual growth)
- They accept the truth of Scripture
- They are discerning, able to correctly understand spiritual truth
- They are compassionate, putting their faith into action
- They live a life that is confident in the knowledge of victory in Christ
Take a close look and evaluate yourself. Are you a spiritual person?
For more about spirituality see these posts:
Streams of Living Water by Richard J. Foster–Book Review
What Damages our Spiritual Life? (according to Hannah Whitall Smith)
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