Spirituality could be defined as being deeply devoted to Christ Jesus and the spiritual disciplines to grow in His grace.
Theology could be described as a love of learning and a life of learning. We ought to always be hungry to know more of God. Jesus says in John 17:3 that ‘knowing God is eternal life.’ We will spend an eternity getting to know an infinite God.
Mission can be seen as a great passion and zeal for those not yet saved. God’s grace never stops on us, but changes us and then flows through us into others. This looks like a lot of things, one of them being a love for the lost and a deep passion that others would know the God you know, and experience His grace and be saved.
This is a very helpful way to break down the Christian life. When a movement gets going these three things are always present. All of these must be kept in a healthy balance, if one is lacking then our walk will be lacking. But when these three are held in tandem and practiced the result could only be joy.
Yet the truth is all of us will have propensities towards one of these. Are you heady and do you love theology? Do you love to study and beef up on knowledge? Then Theology is your bent. Do you constantly think about evangelism and winning others to Christ and discipling people? Then your bent is mission. Do you love to pray to God and sit and meditate on his truths? Do you yearn for others know God more deeply and thoroughly? Then your bent is Spiritual.
The great truth is that God has wired us all differently, yet when we come together harmoniously, not out of envy, we operate as a healthy body, and healthy things grow. Ephesians 4:15-16 gives us the best description.
“15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. “
Let us strive, then to this end, together. Keeping an eye on all three of these important elements.