36  P E T E C H A R E T T E Christ. Followers are not able to make commitments to that level of allegiance. Disciples are. What is a Disciple? Conclusion The basic commitments that separate a disciple from just a follower are what is important. It is these basic commitments that fuel the maturation process. Be aware that the evangelistic techniques used by the Church over the past several decades of- ten have omitted these commitment aspects of a life in Christ. Thus, your disciple may not have encountered these concepts yet. I would approach these commitments in my initial “recruit- ing” discussions with a prospective disciple. If a person is com- mitted to Christ, and wants to grow and mature, that is all you should be looking for at this point. The maturation process is the perfect context for fleshing out the details of such commitments, that is, what they would look like in the life of a disciple. What Are the Marks of a Mature Disciple? The marks of a mature disciple can be a difficult area to nail down, for several reasons. First, this is not something that can be proof-texted. By that, I mean that there is no place in Scripture where we are explicitly told what does and does not constitute spiritual maturity in a believer’s life. That lack of specificity of- ten throws people off and can contribute to disagreements on the subject. Second, determining maturity is not as simple as check- ing off seven qualification boxes would be. I am talking about an- alyzing the general condition of a disciple’s life. Third, too often we are not involved in people’s lives to the degree that we should be. Our desire for independence and individuality, coupled with the busyness of our modern lives, has separated us from each other to the point that we really don’t know what’s going on in each other’s lives. That’s a sweeping generalization, I recognize, but I fear that it’s far truer than we care to admit. Last, as part of her culture, the American Church doesn’t know the Bible very