Are You Too Spiritual?

There is no such thing as being too spiritual. You can be too emotional. You can be too chaotic. You can be too weird. You can be too strict. But you can never be too spiritual.

The essence of spirituality is not strictness, seriousness, silliness or spookiness. Do not equate such characteristics with what should be your highest goal. Being spiritual is simply being aware of and in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. And He marks those who spend time in His presence with distinct characteristics.

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” - Galatians 5:22-23

Your interaction with the Holy Spirit makes up the entirety of your spirituality. We must judge our spirituality, no upon misconceptions, but upon how we respond to the Holy Spirit.

There seem to be two extremes of so-called spirituality.

On one hand, there are those who deem themselves spiritual on account of their stoic and stiff nature. These might live seemingly holy lives, but their countenance is so depressing that their spirituality lacks the magnetism that Jesus carried. They are harsh in their dealings with others and hold to standards that Christ Himself has never raised. Making it more difficult for people to get into Heaven than it ought to be, they present a false sense of spirituality that is rather suffocating.

These lack love, joy, peace, kindness and gentleness.

On the other hand, we see those who are silly and senseless in their approach to spirituality. Seeking inebriation rather than intimacy, they present a peculiar and chaotic example that leaves most to consider them brainless. Hiding behind the flimsy defense of being “free in the spirit”, they turn the church into a circus and carry on with aimless wandering, drifting without purposeful action. The gospel is not a drug, and the Holy Spirit is not ecstasy. Far from being effective, these gather to themselves a culture of the church’s harshest critics, and they preach an openly rebellious, anti-establishment message.

These lack patience, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.

In the case of extremes, it’s not that people go too far; it’s that they don’t go far enough. They stop short of spirituality and settle in the valleys of senselessness and seriousness.

We must look no further than the Holy Spirit for the balance. A member of the divine Godhead, He is both royal and rugged. He is powerful and vulnerable, soft-spoken and heavy-handed. He is elegant and, quite literally, down to earth.