D I S C I P L E S H I P  37 well, and as a result, we find it difficult to pull out principles that may be found in the context of a passage. Of one thing I am absolutely certain, however. If we don’t have at least a general picture of what a mature disciple should “look like,” then the chances are slim that we will be producing mature disciples. Therefore, as we look to paint a portrait of a mature disciple, keep these things in mind: ● This is not a list of qualifications. ● Maturity is not a point at which we will someday arrive. It is an ongoing, never-ending journey. ● Maturity has as much to do with the direction in which one is headed as it does with the point at which a disciple currently is. ● Whilematurityfocusesonanindividual’srelationshipwith God, the pursuit of maturity is lived out in community. So, how do we paint such a portrait? As always, the Bible has some answers. I want to examine two extended passages of Scripture to pull out some ideas that will help us. We will look at Colossians 1:9–14 and Galatians 5:19–23. In Colossians 1:9–14, Paul is asking God to produce certain things in the lives of the Colossians. Therefore, it would seem to be a good place for us to look to paint a portrait of a mature disciple. Be filled with the knowledge of his will Increase in the knowledge of God Walk worthy of the Lord Be strengthened with all power Be fully pleasing to Him Have endurance, patience, and joy Bear fruit in every good work Give thanks to the Father